Mindful Conferences!

There are so many wonderful conferences and organizations focused on bringing mindfulness-based SEL to children, and we are fortunate to be a part of some of them – read on below. Speaking of mindful conferences, be on the lookout for more information on our very own First Annual Peace of Mind Mini-Conference that will take place in January 2019!

Last weekend we participated in the National Kids Yoga Conference. The focus for the conference this year was on innovative ways to bring yoga, mindfulness, and SEL to children. It’s always fun to meet so many wonderful people, and to reconnect with friends we met at the conference last year!

 

And did you catch Linda’s blog post on Mindfulness and Conflict Resolution for Mindful Schools? She describes how she used to “do it all wrong” when it comes to teaching conflict resolution, and how she figured out what really works with kids. I highly encourage you to take a moment and check it out here.

Earlier this month we had the great honor of attending the National Education Association Foundation’s Symposium on “Keeping the Promise of Public Education.” Not only were we invited to attend, Linda was asked to open the symposium with her story on how she began teaching mindfulness at a public school in Washington, DC! You can listen to her transformative story, along with all the other wonderful stories told by teachers and leaders, here (Linda begins speaking at minute 5.)

Leading up to the Symposium, Linda had the opportunity to visit some local news stations along with Harriet Sanders, NEAF President and CEO. Together, they shared information on the importance of mindfulness in schools and the positive impact on school climate that’s been documented. You can watch their segment on WUSA 9 here.  We are very grateful to the NEA Foundation, and to Harriet Sanders, for recognizing the value of mindfulness in education and inviting us to be a part of this exciting week!

And in the February we will be with the Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully to present on Peace of Mind’s approach to integrating mindfulness and conflict resolution.

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-Jillian & the Peace of Mind Team

Football and Mindfulness?

Football and mindfulness? 

Most people wouldn’t think that football and mindfulness would really go together, but in Peace Class, you never know what will happen.  Last Monday morning my students came in even groggier than usual.  It was the morning after the Superbowl and most of the kids had stayed up much too late.  Iwas trying to think of a way to wake them up so that we could do our mindfulness practice. 

We were getting ready to do a practice adults call “noting” that we call “Popcorn” in our Peace of Mind Curriculum.  In this practice we try to count our breaths and whenever we notice that our minds have wandered away we “pop” our finger and then start counting again. It’s a fun practice that the kids enjoy, especially when I call it a mindfulness game.  We always talk about how this practice helps us to strengthen our focusing muscles so that it is easier for us to concentrate.  

“How do you think the ability to focus might have helped Nick Foles (the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback) win the game?” I asked.  Suddenly everybody was awake.  The kids had a lot of opinions but most were about the Patriots.  So I decided we needed a reenactment. Continue reading