Mindful voices

Thursday, October 6 2011

Much will be written about Steve Jobs — his accomplishments, his courage... He was, indeed, an incredible inspiration. I am saddened by his death. Yet in his shortened life he lived fully, was not afraid to push the boundaries, and seemed to be guided by an inner compass and wisdom. And the world was touched by a single life. His "ripple effect" was powerful.

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posted by Janice Marturano, 12:00 am
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Tuesday, October 4 2011

Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves the development of the fundamental skills required to understand and manage oneself, and one’s relationships. Supported by research and theory in a variety of fields including education, positive and developmental psychology, cognitive behavioral theory, systems theory, and neuroscience, the SEL framework can be viewed as a comprehensive element of school improvement (see CASEL for more information).

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posted by Tish Jennings, 9:38 am
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Thursday, September 29 2011

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

In April 2000 I took a full day Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation class with Jon Kabat-Zinn. My sister, a social worker, had read one of Jon's books and thought I would find the session interesting. That was the understatement of all time.

Did you take a class? If so, what sort of a class did you take?

Since that first one-day introductory class, I have deepened my practice by attending the 7 day professional training with Jon, and have completed a practicum which included the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and advanced teachers training at Jefferson University's Mindfulness Institute in Phila., PA.

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posted by Mindful readers..., 3:21 pm
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Monday, September 26 2011

It is barely possible to read the day’s news without being touched by a description of a global or regional issue reaching near-critical tipping points. Some of these issues speak to human suffering in our own backyards, and some remind us, if we are attentive, that suffering halfway around the world still affects our own backyards. It seems there is a lack of leadership and innovation to meet these growing concerns. Or is there?

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posted by Janice Marturano, 10:59 am
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Tuesday, September 13 2011

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I began mindfulness practice when I began the M.A. program in Contemplative Education at Naropa University two years ago (Summer 2008). I was motivated to participate in the program because I knew there was something more I needed to bring to my teaching and to my life, in general. I began mindfulness practices because they were a requirement of the program. I continue to practice because being mindful has impacted my life in so many positive ways.

Did you take a class? If so, what sort of a class did you take?

The Masters program in Contemplative Education includes many different kinds of classes, i.e. Compassionate Teaching, Maitri, Aesthetics, Sacred Perspectives in Learning, and Presence. The summer classes (intensive, on campus) are very hands-on and experiential, though there is much reading and writing that goes along with it. The fall/spring classes are online, where posting is required several times during the week, as well as reading, writing, and the experiential component comes with assignments, observations, and personal mindfulness practices, i.e. shamatha meditation and loving-kindness practice.

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posted by Mindful readers..., 3:35 pm
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