Happy teachers will change the world ~Thich Nhat Hanh
I can imagine where I would be, perhaps where many of us would be, without good teachers -under a rock, trying to figure out how to get from underneath it and make a fire to warm up;-).
From visits to a thousand primary and secondary classrooms, I’m aware that teachers are diligently educating on academics, while also allocating a significant amount of time teaching and modeling social and ethical skills. My heart goes out to their courageous efforts. It’s now wonderful that over the past decade large numbers of teachers have integrated the tool of mindfulness into their personal lives and classrooms. Hundreds of scientific studies in healthcare and educational settings have shown the positive impact of mindfulness training on a number of mental and physical conditions. Teachers beautifully blooming for our buds.
The ancient tradition of mindfulness increasingly is now used in business, the military, education settings, as well as retreat centers, as a life skill. Younger and older students use mindfulness to feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled; to get along better with others; to help them concentrate and learn better; help them cope with stress and anxiety; and do better academically, as well as in sports and music.
In my post on the heart of education is a summary of this year’s Mindfulness in Education (MIEN) conference. Clips of all 4 speakers and a panel discussion can now be viewed on the Mindfulness in Education site: http://www.mindfuled.org/conferences/2013-conference-videos/ .
Here’s one of the speakers, Sam Himelstein, a psychologist who teaches mindfulness to
incarcerated youth, describing the skillful means he employs in working with his clients.
On a related note: I’m just finishing my obligation to file and pay taxes. Knowing that at least some of the money goes to education and other valuable endeavors that are of benefit, I do my duty and file honestly. My hope is for a future where more people will become mindful and abide collectively with just and ethical actions. That we can live more fearlessly, in harmony, and sustainably with each other and the environment. That tax revenues pay for beneficial goods and services that bring peace, and increase the likelihood that a future is possible for living beings. And, regarding taxes, that all pay their fair share, especially the wealthy and big corporations. As this Dutch documentary, The Tax Free Tour, clearly shows, not all pay their fair share. Every school child exposed to mindfulness would know that it is not right for some to always be on a tax holiday.