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Are you ready for the new year? Brain science has lots to teach us about how to capture and hold the attention of our students. Let’s start with some basic brain science: • Classwork and homework information must pass through the amygdala before it goes one of two places. o The lower brain is reactive and the response is fight, flight or freeze (NOT the best circumstances for valuable learning). …

In July I spent one week at Plum Village in France and learned what Thich Nhat Hanh is all about. For me, living mindfully reached a new, greater level of understanding. Thich Nhat Hanh established Plum Village as a small community and it has now grown into a Buddhist monastery with over 200 residents and up to 8,000 visitors every year. People of all religions from all over the world …

“With every step I arrive at my destination” – Thich Nhat Hanh Soon I will be traveling to Plum Village for a week’s retreat at Plum Village with Thich Nhat Hanh. I don’t know what to expect, and, anyway, mindfulness tells to have no expectations; simply accept the present for what it is. So that is my mindset: Acceptance of the present, and knowing Plum Village will reveal itself to me …

Stress getting to you? How many times have you found yourself thinking, “That (blank) is so annoying! Could it/they just stop?” It might be a colleague speaking too loudly, a teenager playing music and thumping  hands and feet to the beat, a person who won’t stop complaining, or someone who talks non-stop when you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. It has happened to all of us, but what’s …

First, Brené It’s not the first time I saw it, but re-watching the TEDxHouston presentation given by Brene Brown in 2010 does, I believe, link back to the benefits of mindfulness meditation. People who are experiencing a multitude of emotions can, through Brown’s research, find themselves experiencing so many of the same emotions that led me to mindfulness. The Fears Fear that people would find out that I wasn’t really …

What could marshmallows have to do with mindfulness meditation and student success? Quite a lot, actually. The Marshmallow Experiment was a series of studies conducted at Stanford University in the late 1960s and early 1970s to determine at what age children develop the ability to delay gratification. Children between the ages of four and six years old were left in a room for 15 minutes with a treat on the …