Decades of inquiry into the nature of my own mind through meditation provided me with an endless stream of inner conversations about thought, meaning, and the ability to cultivate states of attention and compassion.
When I became a first-time (only-time) parent at the tender age of 43, I wanted my daughter to eventually be able to train her own mind and understand the nature of her subjective experience.
After learning how to introduce mindfulness to children by reading books, taking virtual trainings (including Dr. Amy Saltzman’s Still Quiet Place), I began formal training with Mindful Schools in 2013 and in 2017 became certified (here‘s my page in the Certified Instructor Directory). This provides me with a solid structure for the delivery of mindfulness to children, and to help parents, teachers, and other stakeholders understand what it is and what it isn’t.
My intention is to sprinkle mindfulness wherever I go, and when I notice an opening–some receptivity–I gently move toward it and offer whatever the situation might benefit from. I am fortunate to live in a place that has a variety of resources (including Jupiter Medical Center‘s wonderful Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program), which makes it easy to point interested people in a helpful direction if I’m not the best person for them to speak to.
If you are a parent or teacher or community stakeholder who would like to see what mindfulness looks like in the classroom, feel free to contact me at email@example.com and put mindfulness in the subject line.