Aran Levasseur, in the The Importance of Teaching Mindfulness, says the currency of the Net is attention. As connectivity penetrates our lives with the lives of others throughout the world, we need to recognize attention is an important skill to be cultivated not only in our lives, but most importantly, in our schools.
When we practice mindfulness we are paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. “Mindfulness practice,” according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of mindfulness-based stress reduction,
“means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”
Each of us has a flame burning inside of us to be the best we can be. When we are mindful of and put our attention on this flame for learning it grows. When our inner flame for learning connects with others our flame grows. To grow in this new world of learning we must learn to practice mindfulness.
How do you practice mindfulness? Meditate. Meditate before you begin to learn. Get in touch with your, and your students, inner flame. Center yourself and your students before you connect with others. Do it every day. Here are a few Guided Audio Mindfulness Exercises. MINDFUL SCHOOLS
Meditation is a practice to help you become mindful as you connect your inner flame with the digital world that is shaping your brain, perceptions and habits.