Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.
To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Imagine schoolchildren generating their own energy and power of awareness and attention in classrooms, daily. Establishing mindful habits which will protect them throughout their lives. I’m encouraged knowing that this happens, increasingly in schools, in part thanks to efforts of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MIEN), of which I am a member. This network was established in 2001 by a group of educators, students of Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and peace activist nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collectively we saw mindfulness as an antidote to the growing stress, conflict and confusion in educational settings as well as an invaluable gift to give students. The purpose of our network is to facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.
Members are invited to share ways in which they use mindfulness practice with students and teachers and how the practice enhances their role in educational settings. We are also encouraged to raise areas of concern, towards which others might be able to suggest mindful approaches.
Our Experience Tells us That:
• Mindfulness fosters concentration, understanding, learning, peace, happiness and well-being.
• To effectively teach mindfulness requires a solid mindfulness practice.
• Working collaboratively is essential to accomplishing our mission of supporting and cultivating the practice of mindfulness in educational settings. Educators collaborate with colleagues electronically, as well as in person, at work or conferences. For an example of the inspiring academics, researchers and administrators who present at the annual conference, please review this brief clip I just produced:
This years conference will be in Washington, DC in March (details on MIEN site)
Teachers, educators, parents, and especially you, are welcome to learn more about Mindfulness and the Mindfulness in Education Network by exploring their website http://www.mindfuled.org/. Members share ways in which they use mindfulness practice with students and teachers and how the practice enhances their role in educational settings. We are also encouraged to raise areas of concern towards which others might be able to suggest mindful approaches. You may join the group by sending a blank message to: MiENfirstname.lastname@example.org
Children growing up with mindful skills, peaceful and empathetic towards themselves, others and the world, offers me hope of a brighter future.