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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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MBSR Training to Manage Chronic Pain

MBSR for chronic pain

From the perspective of mindfulness, nothing needs fixing. Nothing needs to be forced to stop, or change, or go away. Jon Kabat-Zinn, in his book, The Mindfulness Solution to Pain He also wrote: “In MBSR, we emphasize that awareness and thinking are very different capacities. Both, of course, are extremely potent and valuable, but from …
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training: Anxiety Relief without Medication

MBSR Training

We all experience anxiety at certain times in life, usually during stress-filled performances with high expectations or in unfamiliar circumstances with the possibility of success or failure: taking exams, job interviews, parties where we don’t know anyone, being sick or caring for sick family members, being out of our comfort zones for whatever reason – …
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Can Mindfulness and MBSR Training Enhance Self-Esteem?

People at a park enjoying the sun

Kristin Neff, a well-known researcher in mindfulness and psychology makes the following distinction between self-esteem and self-compassion: Whereas self-esteem entails evaluating oneself positively and often involves the need to be special and above average, self-compassion does not entail self-evaluation or comparisons with others. Kristin Neff, University of Texas at Austin, “Self-Compassion, Self-Esteem, and Well-Being” (2011) …
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A Mindful Approach for the New School Year:
Plan for the Future, Teach in the Present

Teachers teach many things that are therapeutic. They are managing children’s behavior all day long, but that doesn’t make them therapists, that makes them good teachers. Some of the same ideas we teach in therapy are also applicable to all people. Mark Greenburg, When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom, The Atlantic Back to school for kids …
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Mindfulness for Relief of Chronic Pain

Mindfulness for chronic pain

When it comes to chronic pain, the key is learning to live with it rather than vainly trying to avoid or eradicate it, Christiane Wolf, M.D, April 2015 issue of Mindful magazine. In our daily lives, we all experience pain as fleeting as a stubbed toe or as unremitting as a toothache. Unfortunately, many conditions …
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: What It Is and How It Works

Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Peace begins with us… Mindfulness is the basis for wise action. When we can see clearly what is happening in the moment, wisdom can direct our choices and actions, rather than the old habits simply playing out our patterns of conditioning. Joseph Goldstein, A Heart Full of Peace In the last few weeks, I’ve been …
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