An invitation to explore and seek wisdom for a mindful future. These resources have been helpful to my practice and I share them freely with you.
Apps that support my meditation practice.
“Creating an environment that nurtures children’s curiosity strengthens their motivation to learn. In developing language, just learning to name a ‘tree’ verbally and visually, does not create a sense of wonder and discovery. Allowing children to explore a tree physically and mentally, feeling the trunk, looking at the shape of the tree, the branches, the leaves, the smell, comparing one tree with another provides new information and understanding. Placing value on developing awareness as an important medium for learning the essential competencies for creating their own knowledge about the world.” — Mary Frances Reza, retired educator
Meditation teachers and centers:
- Susan and Bill Morgan
- Oren Jay Sofer
- Sensei Tetsudo Murphy
- Tara Brach
- Cathy Black – Lumos Center
- Compasionate Ocean Sangha
- Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, New Mexico
- Mark Coleman – Awake in the Wild
- Mountain Cloud Zen Center – Santa Fe, NM
- Great Mountain Zen Center – Berthoud, CO
- Sharon Salzberg
- Jack Kornfield
- Sage Institute for Creativity and Consciousness is where I earned meditation teacher credentials.
Mindfulness and Meditation programs for schools, children and families
- Check out our Youtube channel for guided meditations for all age groups
- Mindful Frontiers has a program entitled Recipe for Wellness, which is a holistic program of wellness and social-emotional learning. The “recipes” contribute to youth and community empowerment through social-emotional intelligence, creative curiosity and body, mind, spiritual health. Reach out with any questions.
- Recipe for Wellness: Families Meditate Together encourages families to bring mindfulness into their homes and to engage in ongoing meditation practice together. This project reaches families in their homes through virtual classes where meditation instruction is shared between parents and children. Please inquire about our classes.
- Recipe for Wellness: Mindfulness in the Classroom is a 6-week series of mindfulness lessons for elementary and middle school students. The lessons teach mindful concentration and awareness through the lens of mindful breathing, mindfulness of sound, emotional awareness, body scanning and mindful eating. Reach out with questions or contacts of schools/teachers interested in bringing this program to their classrooms.
“Making meditation accessible and ‘normalizing’ meditation and using it as a daily routine would be so beneficial for families and children as a daily routine. In these hectic times, learning how to just be and find calmness is an important tool in your self care toolkit.” — Nina Silfverberg; parent and Public Programs Manager at Twirl Taos
- Videos page at Mindfulschools.org
- Explaination of how to incorporate mindfulness into a school’s EQ/SEL check-in routine.
- Mindfulness in Education video
- Research around mindfulness
- Explanation of the approach of using mindfulness in schools
- Mindful Schools organization and history
Additional meditation resources and links
- Arthur Zajonc – Mind and Life Institute
- Parker J Palmer – author – Center for Courage and Renewal
- Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute and Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. Heart of Teaching workshops, dharma talks, retreats, etc.
- People I’ve spoken with or know: Erin Woo (Mindfulness in Schools Program Development) Lynn Koerbel (Assistant Director, MBSR Teacher Education & Curricula Development) at Brown University Mindfulness Center
- “Say What You Mean” a mindful approach to nonviolent communication by Oren Jay Sofer is a fantastic read that I acquired after taking his Mindful Communication course at MindfulSchools.
- Christopher Willard video on Mindfulness and teenage stress: Growing Up Stressed I showed this video to my English Language Arts classes and then students reflected and wrote about what they learned.
- Health Champion website: This website has a lot of health-related information on a variety of topics. The mindfulness resources page has suggestions on bringing mindfulness into daily life as well mindful ideas for families at home during the Covid pandemic. Thank you to Martina and her daughters, Jenae & Nicole for this resource suggestion.
Books on Mindfulness and Meditation to recommend:
Buddha in the Classroom by Donna Quesada
Say What You Mean: a mindful approach to nonviolent communication by Oren Jay Sofer
Self-Compassion for Parents by Susan M. Pollak
Buddhism Plain & Siimple by Steve Hagen
Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck
Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery by Mark Coleman
These resources have been submitted by kindred organizations. Although we prefer mindfulness and meditation-related resources, we are open to spreading kindness and compassion however it is best shared.
Having cared for my mother for many years and learning first-hand about the freedom of consciousness that comes with dementia, I share these resources for those who may need them. Dementia is difficult for all involved and takes humility and knowledge to navigate as well as a community of compassionate people.