"Learning from the inside out"

2017-11-22 01:52

Rachit Goel

"MINDFULNESS - A TEACHER'S STORY" BY CHASMIN MOSES

Laurie Grossman interviewed Ms. Chasmin Moses, 4th Grade Teacher at REACH Academy in Oakland, CaliforniaIf you are a teacher, please practice mindfulness with your students every day. It will be life changing. It has been for me.I learned about mindfulness at my school, Reach Academy five years ago. I’ve noticed major changes in my life ever since I started practicing mindfulness. For instance, myRead more...

2017-06-30 11:56

Jordan Johnson

Mindfulness for Homeschoolers

Being a mindful home-schooler is quite an undertaking. Homeschooling parents have many plates to juggle; educating their children, keeping up with housework, and oftentimes working outside the home as well. It's hard to stay mindful when life is so busy. Implementing mindfulness into everyday homeschooling life can be a challenge, but it can be done. Many homeschooling parents are meticulous plannRead more...

2017-06-23 11:47

Jordan Johnson

Letting Go of Expectations About Mindfulness

So you're practicing mindfulness... that's great! It will make you a better parent, spouse, worker, and person in general, right? Self-judgment can be the hardest thing to overcome when working toward living a mindful life.We often have many expectations when we begin our mindfulness journey, but it is important to let the expectations go. Letting go is one of the goals of mindfulness, as well as Read more...

2017-06-19 14:37

Jordan Johnson

What is Mindful Movement?

You move your body in various ways thousands of times a day. But how often do you move mindfully? What is mindful movement? You may practice mindful movement without even realizing it if you perform martial arts, dance, or yoga. When you perform these exercises you may be fully aware of the way your body moves while you are training, but what if you were to apply that awareness to every day motionRead more...

2017-06-09 17:51

Jordan Johnson

5 Summer Mindfulness Activities for Your Kids

We all know practicing mindfulness is good for us and our kids. Studies have shown that mindfulness can help children with concentration, stress reduction, and improved sleeping habits. Often the rush of summer activities make it hard to take time to slow down. Here are some quick, fun, and easy to implement activities that you can do with your kids to keep everyone in the family thinking mindfullRead more...

2017-05-25 18:18

Tricia Zirit Schuster

The Mindfulness Mansion by Tricia Zirit (aka Nurse Zirit)

Mindfulness creates space,like tons and tons all over the place.Not space like, “Hey, ride with me there’s space in my car.”And not space like, “Hey, I just saw a shooting star.”But a type of subtle, still, inner space, and this is how - because mindfulness brings us into right now.Once we fully arrive into the present moment at hand, there is enough space for everything - it’s like we expand.Not Read more...

2017-05-08 16:28

Mary Redington

National Teachers' Day- Say Thanks

As an adult, and especially a parent, I've always been appreciative and respectful of the teaching profession. I haven't always agreed with the people responsible for teaching my children at school. But I've been welcome to ask questions, share concerns, and when necessary courteously challenge them. There are multiple teachers, administrators and educational professionals in my extended family, sRead more...

2017-04-25 10:08

Karen Rothenberg

Classroom Resources for Unplanned Moments

As teachers we know that we always need to be prepared for the unexpected. Carefully planned lessons are often interrupted by unavoidable disruptions and we are left with time that has not been planned for, an extra 10 minutes after a fire drill, a canceled prep time, or that 15 minutes before lunch when your students have lost their “steam.” There are lots of ways teachers can fill in this gap tiRead more...

2017-04-13 09:26

Tabitha O'Toole

Be Kind

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2017-04-12 08:50

Mary Redington

The Silent Breakfast Club

A good friend has recently become an empty nester and is trying to eat all her meals in silence. No TV. No music. No books. (Not even spiritual books or magazines.) And she's been really enjoying the practice. So she invited me to become a member of the "Silent Breakfast Club." So far we are the only members, but the concept is to sit in our respective homes, at whatever time we deem to be approprRead more...

2017-04-05 14:29

Jordan Johnson

You Have A Superpower

The Mindful MBAWhen I started my MBA program at W.P. Carey, I didn't have a full appreciation for the onslaught of fear, uncertainty and insecurity I would experience. The constant grind of prioritizing (read: adulting) and re-prioritizing (read: frantic, absurd amounts of list making) is truly indescribable.But I was prepared... because I have a super power.I started practicing mindfulness in 201Read more...

2017-03-31 16:10

Mary Redington

Forcing forsythia and smiles.

I'm training myself to be mindfully optimistic about spring instead of wishing away the present; but it's not easy. Embracing three days of cold rain and grey fog in late March challenges my best intentions. So I cheat a bit. Without threatening mother earth to quicken the pace of her slowly timed season change, I force forsythia. Forsythia is a wonderful, hardy shrub that explodes into tons of brRead more...

2017-03-28 12:40

Laurie Grossman

Time To Take My Own Advice: Stop Worrying!

Time to Take My Own Advice"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."
-- Winston ChurchillAs I sit waiting for my husband to get out of surgery, I thought, this might be a great time to write about worrying. So I think I’ll stop now, that is worrying about him. Read more...

2017-03-27 09:05

Karen Rothenberg

My Morning Routine

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~ Marcus AureliusAs a new teacher I struggled with mornings in my classroom. From the outside you might have never known. I relied on mornings that were highly organized and structured. I knew my second graders thrived on routine and predicability. Each morning I met them Read more...

2017-03-21 13:00

Janice Houlihan

The Social Emotional Learning Team

I had an amazing call with a Principal who firmly believes in using Social Emotional Learning at her school. She is so committed that she is inspiring her teachers to form a “Social Emotional Learning Team” to not only implement programs but to make them sustainable. Why is this important? Because teachers are so unmotivated by having to implement another initiative! How many new initiatives can wRead more...

2017-03-15 14:57

Mary Redington

The gratitude of a snow day

I've lived in either Massachusetts or Vermont for my entire life, so I make a conscious effort not to complain about weather. Watching a foot of snow fall yesterday I let go of my discouragement and instead chose to embrace the snow day.For many of my colleagues, a cancelled school day is a special kind of torture. The kids are underfoot and bored or they want mom to spend hours outside watching, Read more...

2017-03-09 14:32

Janice Houlihan

Presenting

I see that in schools there are many opportunities that the classroom gives to students to present, whether it be to the class or to parents/caregivers. One of the tips they give the kids is to take a couple of deep breaths before you go on to calm your nerves. My personal experience has shown that it works when you take a couple of breaths prior to presenting. However, those breaths are not to puRead more...

2017-03-09 11:44

Mary Redington

Living life like a dog

I read recently that people should live like every day is Saturday. I'm not convinced. The morning might begin with sleeping past 6:30 a.m. and fresh brewed coffee, but the rest of the day it's go, go, go. My Saturdays are filled with grocery shopping, driving to the dump, housekeeping, laundry and bill paying as well as shoveling, raking, mowing and picking up dog poop in my yard. (Full disclosurRead more...

2017-03-08 14:37

Tabitha O'Toole

Feeding Happiness

Happiness is not permanent. For you to have happiness, and also to continue to experience happiness, you must nourish it. How do you feed your happiness?Happiness can be found in simple things. An expression of sheer joy on an infants’ face can lighten your heart. A walk in nature observing the beauty all around you can lift your mood. The sound of laughter is sometimes infectious. Smells and sounRead more...

2017-02-21 12:51

Tabitha O'Toole

Wisdom 2.0

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2017-02-14 19:44

Trice Berlinski

Multi-tasking vs. Mindfulness

I used to boast about my ability to multi-task, proud that I could get so much done simultaneously. Performing numerous activities at one time seemed to energize me and keep me more aware. I just didn't know what I was missing and it never struck me that the anxiety and depression I struggled with had anything to do with the way I was living my life.One of my favorite quotes by Jon Kabat-Zinn is "Read more...

2017-02-13 16:01

Mary Redington

My job is to meditate

Ok, well my job isn't really to meditate. But at 53 I've found employment where I feel obligated to meditate. (A benefit with lifetime results better than a 401K or pension.) I tend to put other people's needs before my own. And sometimes that's a good thing. My (then) 3 year old daughter couldn't wait to grow up "so she could smoke like mommy". So I quit smoking. My daughter wanted to join a gym Read more...

2017-02-08 08:23

Janice Houlihan

Combating Stress

There is a critical factor that influences academic outcomes….that has nothing to do with academics……and even nothing to do with school. That factor is stress! Extensive research suggests that stress (caused by poverty, trauma, technology overload, violence etc) significantly inhibits learning…….and is likely the root of the achievement gap and academic failure in at-risk communities.From a neuro Read more...

2017-01-12 18:50

Lisa Grady

An Intentional 2017

A few weeks into January and you may be feeling frustrated over a lapsed New Year's Resolution. Don't despair. Over 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions despite the fact that only about 8% of us actually keep them. Given this statistic, we might be tempted to rid ourselves of this annual ritual entirely. However, research informs us that if we do make a resolution, we are 10 times more likely to Read more...

2016-11-16 09:41

Janice Houlihan

Isn’t a “Daily Mindfulness Practice” a Bit Rigid?

The answer of course is no. Before we get into the scientific studies on why one should practice mindfulness daily, let’s talk about what this means for me, personally, how it has changed my life and how it has driven me towards the mission to bring mindfulness to children worldwide. As a confessed procrastinator, much of my life has been spent on what I call ‘bulk’ work, I can get an amazing amouRead more...