Online beginning Sept. 25
This four-session, online experience will introduce students to core mindfulness principles and practices, guided into and through mindfulness of body and breath, feeling tone, emotion and thought, and the changing nature of phenomena. They are further instructed in viewing experience along the continuum, or through the lens of, a narrow, more focused awareness to a wider, more open awareness. Mindful communication—mindful speaking and listening—will also be addressed in these sessions.
Next, the heart practices of kindness and compassion—for self and for others—are introduced, experienced, and reflected on. Obstacles to opening the heart are identified and considered, the role and influence of the “inner critic” is acknowledged, and how to embody kindness and compassion in the classroom and nurture these qualities in one’s students is explored. The perspective that these are skills to be cultivated and deepened over time is embraced and encouraged.
Finally, having explored practice over a period of time, students will have the opportunity in this session to pose questions, articulate concerns, and receive feedback and guidance on their practice experience. Equal emphasis will be given to translating these practices into the classroom and ways to maintain and deepen them moving forward.