What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

University of British Columbia professor Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, one of several researchers consulted on the development of the MindUP program, conducted a randomized controlled trial on fourth and fifth graders participating in the program in Vancouver public schools. Students reported many positive benefits of the program: 82 percent of children reported having a more positive outlook, 81 percent learned to make themselves happy, and 58 percent of children tried to help others more often.

‘Some worry that a sort of ‘McMindfulness’ is taking over which ignores the foundations of the meditative practices from which mindfulness emerged.’ Photograph: Alamy

Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea

Original article: Jon Kabat-Zinn, TheGuardian.com)   Mindfulness is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, supported by increasingly rigorous scientific research, and driven in part by a longing for new practices that might help us to better apprehend and solve the challenges that threaten our health. This week a landmark British report will lay out recommendations for […]

The Classroom: A Place for Inner Peace Education

Gloria María Abarca Obregón Mexico(Featured Article: Issue #107 August/September 2013) I have been a primary school teacher for 12 years and strangely enough I always wanted to be one. I love being a teacher and thanks to my job, I have had the opportunity to be in many diverse encounters and meet the most different […]

Formulating a Deep Educational Response to Tragedy: Reflections on the Eve of 9-11

Tony Jenkins Director of Education, National Peace Academy (Welcome letter:Issue #87 September 2011) The 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks invites solemn reflection on the lives lost, the presumed path of justice pursued for most of a decade, and the lessons that remain to be learned.  These reflections are almost always with me […]