Let’s connect & be present in the moment as we engage in moments of gratitude. Bi-monthly 30-minute sessions of mindfulness for women. An inclusive space for women in education to connect and practice mindfulness. Email email@example.com to express interest in Mindfulness Mondays.
Why Meditate? The differential roles of attention, awareness and mindfulness
Over the past two decades, much has been said about the nature, mechanisms, and roles of mindfulness. Yet, some conceptualizations and their derived clinical packages display an obvious lack of differentiation between mindfulness, awareness, and attention. Here, Dr. Bruno Cayoun, director of MiCBT Institute in Hobart, shows clinicians how to develop, study and teach mindfulness.
Most of us have read or heard that mindfulness involves paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). Although elegant in its economy, this definition has led to erroneous interpretations and methods far enough removed from the original meaning to make the Buddha weep if he were alive today. Anything goes, from paying attention to the flowers in your backyard to paddling on your surfboard…and why not learn mindfulness from your dog? Indeed, there is so much confusion and unintentional abuse of the word that many well-intended newcomers to mindfulness are often limited to engage in a process of relaxation, where group sessions often turn into a snoring camp.
So what is mindfulness? If it were simply to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, then a cat waiting in front of a mouse hole, ready to jump on his prey, would be a mindful cat. A sniper paying purposeful attention in the present moment, ready to shoot, not judging his action or the orders he received, would also be a mindful sniper. Could shooting people professionally lead to a mindful life? To gain a better understanding of the true meaning of mindfulness in the context evoked by the traditional teachers over the past 2,500 years, it may be useful to examine its original purpose.
Our Community Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. ET/6:30 P.M. CT/4:30 P.M. PT to build connections and community with educators of color.
This is an informal structure that provides an opportunity for educators of color to lean into vulnerability and belonging to share reflections on issues important to them – i.e. teaching stresses, racial and COVID-19 crises, current events – to connect with, uplift, support, and empower one another.
Mindful Breathing and Meditation
Weekly 30-minute sessions are held each Wednesday at 7:30 P.M. ET/6:30 P.M. CT/4:30 P.M. PT for women of color. Join us to focus on intentional and purposeful breathing to reduce stress and anxiety. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting details.
National Board Office Hours
Virtual Wednesday (All inclusive) National Board Office Hours
Professional Learning Series
Scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month National Board NAME professional learning series in conjunction with National Board Core Connections (https://www.nbpts.org/core-connections/)
Scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month More information to come.