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Mindfulness is paying attention to one's mind-body phenomenon in the present moment, without judgment or reaction. Mindfulness is the translation of a word which means intentionally establishing continuous awareness of the changing nature of one's mind and body. Mindfulness is both a state of mind and distinct practices that cultivate this state. The practice of Mindfulness typically entails observing the impermanent characteristic of one's breath, physical sensations, body, thoughts, emotions and mental states in any activity.
Mindfulness is a universally secular and evidence-based method for:
Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum by Patricia C. Broderick PhD
Call Number: 370.15 B7844
This book describes a curriculum for adolescents that facilitates adolescents' own personal experience of mindfulness. The book makes the case for mindfulness in education and presents a theoretical and developmental foundation. Six- and eighteen-session programs impart an experiential teaching of moment-to-moment awareness.
Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators by Donald McCown et al
Call Number: 616.891425 M4599
The applications and use of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine, mental health care, and education have been expanding as rapidly as the empirical evidence base that is validating and recommending them. This growth has created a powerful demand for professionals who can effectively deliver these interventions, and for the training of new professionals who can enter the fold.Ironically, while the scientific literature on mindfulness has surged, little attention has been paid to the critical who and how of mindfulness pedagogy. Teaching Mindfulness is the first in-depth treatment of the person and skills of the mindfulness teacher. It is intended as a practical guide to the landscape of teaching, to help those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions to develop both the personal authenticity and the practical know-how that can make teaching mindfulness a highly rewarding and effective way of working with others.
Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything by Deborah Schoeberlein
Call Number: 371.102 Sch62
Deborah Schoeberlein pioneers the practical application of mindfulness in K-12 education. By showing teachers how to tune into what’s happening, inside and around them, she offers educators fresh, straightforward approaches to training attention and generating caring in the classroom. Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness emphasizes how the teacher's personal familiarity with mindfulness seeds the ground for an education infused with attention, awareness, kindness, empathy, compassion, and gratitude. The book follows a teacher from morning to night on typical school day. The schedule provides a practical context for applying and promoting mindfulness throughout the day. Brief, readable segments focus on a full range of topics including classroom procedures, lesson structure, and pacing, as well as social and emotional learning.
Mindfulness and Learning: Celebrating the Affective Dimension of Education by Terry Hyland
Call Number: 370.1523 H9972
In recent decades, education at all levels has been seriously impoverished by a growing obsession with standards, targets, skills and competences. According to this model, only a circumscribed range of basic cognitive skills and competences are the business of education, whose main role is to provide employable credentials for people competing for jobs in the global economy. The result is a one-dimensional, economy-oriented and bleakly utilitarian conception of the educational task. In Mindfulness and Learning advances the thesis that education stands in need of a rejuvenation of its affective function – the impact it has on the emotional, social, moral and personal development of learners. Drawing on historical conceptions of mindfulness, he advances a powerful argument for redressing this imbalance by enhancing the affective domain of learning. Mindfulness and Learning shows how the concept and practice of ‘mindfulness’ – non-judgmental, present moment awareness and experience – can enrich learning at all levels.
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (& World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan
Call Number: 158.1 T1533
With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.
Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by by Bob Stahl
Call Number: 616.9 St141
As you work through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, you'll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful one; a skill that will last a lifetime. This groundbreaking, proven-effective program will help you relieve the symptoms of stress and identify its causes so that you can start living a healthier, happier life.
Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Call Number: 616.89 W6731
The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson
Call Number: 796.323092 J1373
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Jackson was tagged as the "Zen master" half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players' nature, not their egos, fear, or greed. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head. In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he: Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s; Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness; Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync; Inspired Dennis Rodman and other "uncoachable" personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves; Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship--six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.
“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”
Dr Mark Greenberg, award-winning child development researcher and educator, Penn State University, USA discusses how can mindfulness practices nurture the development of attention and reflective skills?