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Mindful Learning: Lifelong Skills for Teachers and Learners

Mindful learning reduces stress

When we look back upon our own school days most of us can remember a teacher who was “special” in our eyes, or a class where we seemed to sail through with flying colours.

I can still remember my teacher, Mrs. H. in Port Colbourne, Ontario when we first moved from Uganda to Canada. She was so gentle, kind and calm and, most importantly, non-judgmental. She allowed everyone a voice, and was able to manage the classroom with such grace. I’ve had other teachers through the years who I also remember fondly, mostly because I didn’t feel stress in their classrooms.
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Stressed Out? Time for some MBSR Training

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

In our world today, there are so many things to worry about; from our families and what their and our future holds, to worldwide events that leave us numb with disbelief. So many events in our lives can be stressful.

Don’t get me wrong, there is “good” stress – the kind that propels us to climb mountains, help people in need, write the perfect exam, or get off the couch and run a marathon. But today I’m talking about the chronic, debilitating stress that leaks into our daily interactions with our co-workers, local baristas, or family and friends. We are all impacted by stress, and yet we continue to live day to day saying we’re stressed but doing the same things, and getting the same results.
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3 Tips for Mindful Homeschoolers

Mindful homeschooler

Homeschool mindfulness, for me, is the ability to allow learning to happen in the moment. It’s about letting go of control and trusting that your children will learn. It’s less about your plan and more about your children’s interests and natural curiosity and diving down rabbit holes. – Caitlin Curley, My Little Poppies My mindfulness …
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10 Back-to-school Tips for the Mindful Parent

Back to school tips

It’s that time of year again! Soon the leaves will be falling, and the days will get colder, shorter and darker. For many of us, it’s a favourite time of year – Ah, yes! Back to routine! And the cinnamon-spiced lattes. For kids, though, it’s often a mixed blessing. They will see friends they haven’t …
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Do You Have a “Chore-Resistant” Family?

Mindfulness and chores

Here in Vancouver, the sight of the sun streaming through the windows beckons us to head outdoors and enjoy the day. Then before I know it, August creeps up on me and I think of all the de-cluttering I’d planned to do over the summer. And once again I procrastinate because now the job seems too big. My mind resists the chores, and the things I should be doing keep playing in the back of my mind like an App on the iPhone that’s continuously running in the background.
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Mindfulness Stress Reduction Tips for Moms and Dads

First, let’s look at what stress is and where it comes from: everyday things like traffic noise, or rare events like illness or divorce (called stressors). Stress is part of our lives, and we can learn to reduce its harmful effects by becoming aware of how we are reacting in the moment. Learning and practicing …
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Mindfulness for the Family

Mindfulness activities for family

Ah!  Summer… it’s finally here. And it feels so good. Summer has always symbolized “freedom” from schedules for me. But summer can also get very busy, very fast. Summer schedules can sometimes feel crazier than fall schedules! (Hence the big sigh of relief when school starts). We get so busy with summer camps, vacations, and …
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Mindfulness Hikes: Why Wouldn’t We?

Mindfulness hiking in Vancouver

Research has shown, and is continuing to show, the healing and restorative power of nature. Studies have found that spending time in nature can, amongst other things, increase wellbeing; help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression; promote creativity; assist with recovery from mental fatigue; help restore attention; boost the brain’s ability to think; and stimulate the …
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Mindfulness Training: Developing Emotional Literacy in Young Kids

Developing emotional intelligence

When you teach kids … how to recognize their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life. …Additional data concludes that “young people with high EQ [emotional intelligence] earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices. Psychology Today, …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds, Part 2: More Mindful Games

Mindfulness classes for kids

As we learned in Part 1 “Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started,” we can cultivate in our children present-moment awareness (mindfulness) by engaging their imaginations in mindful activities. Play-based mindful activities create a positive association in our children’s brains with the mindfulness skills they are learning. Mindfulness games and activities help …
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