Mindfulness in the Modern Classroom Jean Mulloy Ph.D.

Mindfulness in the Modern Classroom Jean Mulloy Ph.D.

Mindfulness in the Modern Classroom Jean Mulloy Ph.D. & Natalie Keefer Ph.D. Overview

Experience mindfulness Health and Wellness benefits Mindfulness in the college curriculum Examples and Experiences Breathe Psychological Benefits

Reduced rumination Stress reduction

Boosts working memory Increased focus Less emotional reactivity More cognitive flexibility Health Benefits Increased immune function Decreased pain

Meditation and Higher Education Key Research findings-The Center for the Contemplative mind Shapiro S. Brown, K. and Astin, J. 2008 http://www.contemplativemind.org/re sources/higher-education/syllabi

Cognitive and Academic Performance Mindfulness meditation may improve ability to maintain preparedness and orient attention Mindfulness meditation may improve ability to process information quickly and accurately

Cognitive and Achievement Performance Concentration-based meditation, practiced over a long-term, may have a positive impact on academic achievement Development of the Whole Person

Meditation can support development of creativity Meditation supports and enhances the development of skills needed for interpersonal relationships Development of the Whole Person Empathic responses are increased

with meditation and mindfulness practices Meditation may help cultivate selfcompassion Mindfulness Education: What is it Pedagogical practices that encourage personal growth and learning through the cultivation of conscious awareness of choice in ethical and relational contexts.

Beneficial for both students and teachers Instill values such as humility, curiosity, open-mindedness, empathy and caring for others (Roeser & Peck, 2009) Mindfulness Practices Weekly in class exercises mindful drawing, listening, yoga or sitting Log/journal or blog

Active student participation First person investigations Experiential learning exercises Mindfulness Practices Designed to help students and teachers develop clear, calm, and concentrated states of awareness Beneficial for academic, athletic and

interpersonal focus Reduces stress and anxiety Mindfulness Practices Activities: Self-reflection on Global Interdependence What factors have led to recent struggles in your life?

What factors have led to recent struggles in the world? What factors impact your struggles and the struggles of others in the world? What choices do you make that affect the happiness of others in the world? Aphorisms or Quotes We are all connected

what affects one, affects all in the web of life called Earth. Chief Seattle Activity for Quotes and Moral Storytelling

Sit quietly and relax for one minute Read aloud, slowly, the entire text, each person reading one or two sentences, then pass along the reading to the left to the next reader. One minute of silence and reflection Share a word or short phrase in response to the reading just give voice to the word without explanation or discussion. One minute of silence and reflection

Share what the passage means to you with your group Listen attentively without correcting, judging or disputing One person reads the short passage one last time, followed by another minute of silence Moral Storytelling The Ant and the Chrysalis An Ant nimbly running about in the sunshine in search of food came across a Chrysalis that was very near its time of change. The Chrysalis moved its tail,

and thus attracted the attention of the Ant, who then saw for the first time that it was alive. "Poor, pitiable animal!" cried the Ant disdainfully. "What a sad fate is yours! While I can run hither and thither, at my pleasure, and, if I wish, ascend the tallest tree, you lie imprisoned here in your shell, with power only to move a joint or two of your scaly tail." The Chrysalis heard all this, but did not make any reply. A few days after, when the Ant passed that way again, nothing but the shell remained. Wondering what had become of its contents, he felt himself suddenly shaded and fanned

by the gorgeous wings of a beautiful Butterfly. "Behold in me," said the Butterfly, "your much-pitied friend! Boast now of your powers to run and climb as long as you can get me to listen." So saying, the Butterfly rose in the air, and, borne along and aloft on the summer breeze, was soon lost to the sight of the Ant forever. Thank you for your time

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