The Second National Mindfulness in Schools Conference will take place on Friday September 30th at Tonbridge School, Kent www.mindfulnessinschools.org
MINDFULNESS IN EDUCATION ~ Learning to live calmly in the present moment
TEACHER TRAINING INTERNSHIP
Mindfulness Based teachers are professionals with a background in health/social care, clinical practice, education, therapy, administration or medicine.
Mindfulness at Work. Mindfulness training for Organisations, Business, Hospitals and Schools.
Oxford Mindfulness runs 8 week programmes of Mindfulness throughout the year. See Programme Information page for dates.
We also run Day Retreats which are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice.
One day Introduction to Mindfulness workshops.
Mindfulness in Schools:
Mindfulness Stress Management
Mindfulness training promotes wellbeing, teaches the skills to reduce and manage stress and anxiety and helps to deal with emotional and physical problems. We all have times in our lives when we experience difficulty, stress and struggle. The classroom can be a very stressful environment.
Mindfulness is a modern form of skills training using simple exercises, paying attention to things as they actually are rather than the way we want them to be, to develop awareness of the present moment, aware of ourselves experiencing, aware of BEING aware, rather than automatic DOING.
This enables us:-
· To become familiar with the working of our mind.
· To recognise old unskilful habits of mind and behaviour.
· To get out of our heads and the constant commentary of our thoughts.
· To become aware of our thinking, seeing thoughts as mental events, ideas, and not necessarily fact or the truth.
· To live in the present moment neither dwelling on the past [ruminating ], or worrying about the future [catastrophising].
· To forge new, beneficial thinking patterns in the brain.
· To transform relationships.
· To respond to life rather than reacting to events.
Teachers who practice mindfulness experience a reduction in their stress levels in their personal and professional lives. They are able to model this awareness and its benefits to the students in the classroom.
Scientific research shows that mindfulness improves concentration, self-regulation, behaviour, self-awareness, self-esteem, relationships and academic and sports achievement. Mindfulness is recommended by NICE [the National Institute for Clinical Excellence], and The Mental Health Foundation.
Jini Lavelle has been conducting research with mindfulness in schools for the last 2 years at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre under the direction of Professor Mark Williams. She established the first programme of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, for the public in England, in 1999.
The Marigold Trust aims to offer mindfulness programmes in-house, to school teachers and colleges.
Mindfulness: Attention, Emotional Regulation and Learning
Self-regulation—the ability to be aware of our attention and emotions, and to direct them consciously—is a master key that unlocks broader educational goals, enabling the mind to focus in ways that support academic learning as well as social and emotional skills. Self-regulation enables us to make conscious choices in response both to our outer experiences and to the feelings and thoughts they engender within us. The skills and habits of mind involved in regulating attention and emotion are the foundation of ‘self-knowledge’ that expresses the classical ideal of education, and are essential for cooperation and responsible moral conduct as a community member, as well as for personal resilience in the face of adversity.