Teens Crave Mindful Moments – Mercer Island Schools

Arlen Levy and Lynn Brazg have been piloting mindfulness programs in middle and high school classrooms in the Mercer Island School District in Washington State. They find that the students crave the quiet time to just BE. One class actually applauds at the end of each lesson! Arlen and Lynn are convinced of the benefits mindfulness holds for teens. Lessons that offer increasing levels of self-reflection help students become aware of… Read More »

Teaching Mindfulness and Heartfulness in Mercer Island Elementary Schools

Janine Bloomfield volunteers in classrooms to offer 15 – 20 minute mindfulness lessons to K-5 students at West Mercer Elementary. As a scientist, Janine sees a link between the observational skills in scientific research and the mindfulness practice of noticing “what is” in a nonjudgmental way. “If you’re going to take a sample of something, you have to determine exactly what’s there. You’re not going to determine ‘Well, I like… Read More »

Mindfulness in the Mercer Island Schools – Panel

A 7th grader discovered that “you can be calm and happy for a moment.” A 5th grader looked out the window and thought, “I’m bored,“ but then thought again, “Wait. No I’m not. I’m enjoying the view.” She decided to stay sitting, and her father joined her… A 12th grader shared that after using the mindfulness techniques, “I felt like a huge weight was taken off me.” Students’ insights, such as these,… Read More »

Responding vs. Reacting – Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Parenting

In the inevitable difficult moments of parenting, we can find ourselves reacting automatically and unconsciously to something a child says or does. Our reactions can range from  mild irritation and annoyance to intense emotions of anger, frustration, or fear.  These reactions can lead to behaviors that are not in our child’s best interest, nor in our own.  Through mindful awareness we can choose more intentional and appropriate ways of responding.… Read More »

Mindfulness Education: Two Free March Events!

Mindfulness Education in K-12 Schools – a Panel Discussion for Parents will be held in Seattle at Frantz Coe Elementary, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 – 8:00.  Come see how Mindfulness-based education is being done in and around Seattle! How to Create Resilient Students and Adults – Webinar takes place Tuesday, March 11th, 4:00 – 5:00 PDT.   Dr. Clay Cook, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, presents research on  resiliency.… Read More »

Mindful Parenting Workshop, Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness is a verb, not a noun.” Mindful parenting is not an ideal state to achieve; it is an on-going practice of getting in touch with ourselves and our children, and connecting with intuitive common sense. These remarks by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn set the tone for their daylong workshop in Seattle, exploring: Dropping in on the Present Moment; Awareness and Presence with Children; Practicing Acceptance; Reacting vs. Responding to Children.… Read More »

Free Film – Healthy Habits of Mind

Watch the new film, Healthy Habits of Mind, and experience mindfulness education in action! Danish filmmaker, Mette Bahnsen, has created a beautiful movie about integrating mindfulness into education. To view this free film, please go to the Mindful Schools  website. See mindfulness practices implemented in a kindergarten classroom. Listen to interviews with experts about the value of mindfulness in education. Learn about the neuroscience of mindfulness from leading neurologist Dr. Richard Davidson.… Read More »

Upcoming Events

Momentum builds around the globe in support of teaching mindfulness to our future generations. Two exciting national conferences, coming in early 2014, bring together leaders in the field with the people putting mindfulness education into practice. In the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being starts off the new year with a daylong Mindful Parenting workshop by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn. The Center is also sponsoring… Read More »

The Mindfulness Revolution

Race…to the top, pressure, do more/buy more, technology and information over-load, global and personal crises… stress. Slow down, pause…pay attention to the present moment, notice your body and breath, be curious, no-judgment, appreciate…well being. A quiet revolution is taking place…mindfulness for life. A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Mindfulness is increasingly being applied in a wide variety of… Read More »

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