Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Continuing to learn about mindfulness

I received a flyer in my mailbox entitled "Buddha's Brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom." There are conferences on the East Coast this spring run by Rick Hanson, who wrote a book of the same title. It looks very interesting and I wish I could attend. It is just not in the budget right now. Perhaps I will check out his book. I already signed up for his e-newsletters Just One Thing and Wise Brain Bulletin. His website is

On a different note, I signed up for the Minfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning at Bryn Mawr College in March!! I'm very excited to attend 1 day of this 3 day conference and excited that it is close to home. I believe Gretchen will be attending as well, so we will have to compare notes. I am also very excited to meet with other liked minded people in our area and to see how they are incorporating mindfulness practice into their schools.

1 comment:

  1. I thought you might like to hear about a mindfulness activity that one of my fifth grade boys' groups introduced to me. They had learned this from their teacher -- several of our classrooms are incorporating mindfulness this year. The activity is called Quiet Ball. You silently toss the ball to others, chosen randomly, and stay mindful about maintaining silence, others' attention, the ball, and how you toss and catch it.Anyone who makes any noise, tosses a ball that doesn't get caught, or fails to catch the ball has to sit down. The round finishes when the remaining two have a predetermined number of tosses (these boys usually choose 15). They LOVE this game, and always ask to play it, and are really successful. Did I mention that 75% of them have ADHD? And that the group is at 12:45, during lunch, and they've been in the classroom all day? They are clearly aware that they need help settling and focusing. When I told them how much I love Quiet Ball they suggested I teach it to younger kids, and I have. They love it too!