The Mindful Schools Curriculum is designed to bring highly effective, research-based mindfulness instruction to the K-12 classroom in a series of age appropriate lessons covering a variety of mindfulness and heartfulness practices. With training in the Mindful Schools Curriculum and years of experience as a professional educator, I am uniquely qualified to provide Mindful Schools instruction to your school.
Presentations and workshops for families, businesses or organization on mindfulness and meditation can be tailored to meet your particular needs.
Work with me one-on-one to develop a personal meditation and mindfulness practice. Individual sessions include guided meditations, instruction, and reflection regarding your experiences with meditation, as well ongoing support for you in committing to a daily practice. These sessions are conducted live online or in person in the NE Ohio area.
When you subscribe to the Peaceability website, you will receive a link to participate in live online guided meditations at no cost to you. Drop in on the first and third Sunday of each month, from 7:30-8:30 pm (Eastern Time), for a live guided meditation with time set aside after the meditation to ask questions and reflect on your experience.
This 8-week course provides personalized mindfulness and meditation instruction in an online or traditional, face-to-face format. It combines meditation practices with reflection, discussion, instruction and home practice in real time. Guided meditations are provided in class and through videos to support home practice. A description of each week's content is provided below in the FAQs. (Note: No classes are currently scheduled.)
Why should I choose this course to learn meditation?
This Living Mindfully class incorporates techniques and strategies from an 8-week course structure which has been in use for decades in western Mindfulness/Meditation instruction. Its effectiveness is well-supported by extensive scholarly research demonstrating a wide variety of positive impacts in the treatment of such issues as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, as well as in meeting the challenges of daily living.
Will we be meditating during the class?
Each class session will include at least one guided meditation with an opportunity to reflect on the experience.
What kind of time commitment is involved?
Each class meets for two hours. In addition, home practice of 30-40 minutes per day during each week of the course is encouraged.
What can I expect from each class?
Week 1: Automatic Pilot
During the first week of the course, you will examine the experience of being on automatic pilot and begin to place prolonged attention on bodily sensations. You are introduced to the concept of mindfulness and explore the experience of eating mindfully.
Week 2: Barriers
You will continue to explore the effect of prolonged attention to bodily sensations and identify some of the barriers often encountered in attaining mindful awareness. You begin to examine the manner in which we experience and interpret our thoughts and feelings.
Week 3: Mindful Breath, Mindful Movement
The focus this week is on the experience of mindful movement and of paying attention to the breath. You will learn the differences between ‘doing’ and ‘being’ mode and practice attending to your moment to moment experience with curiosity and acceptance.
Week 4: Staying Present
As your meditation practice deepens, you will learn about the effects of stress on the body and mind and discuss the ways in which mindfulness can play a role in how you experience it. In addition, you will explore how the different events which occur in your daily life impact your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations.
Week 5: Mindful Acceptance
You will begin approaching difficulties with an attitude of acceptance in your meditations. Focus is given to the process of allowing what is present within us to be just as it is. You will learn to experience bodily sensations from a place of compassion and kindness.
Week 6: Thoughts are Just Thoughts
Continue to explore the process of experiencing your internal world from a place of compassionate acceptance, this week focusing on your thoughts. You will discover ways in which to question your thoughts and make room for alternate perspectives. The Mindful Living Action Plan is introduced, a tool which will provide support in carrying the practices and concepts learned in the course into your daily experience.
Week 7: How Can I Best Take Care of Myself?
You will determine a variety of ways to maintain a perspective of compassionate allowing of the experiences of your daily life and build on your Mindful Living Action Plan as you prepare for life after the course is completed.
Week 8: Acceptance and Change
As the course comes to a close, you will finalize the Mindful Living Action Plan, recognize the ways in which meditation and mindfulness practices might prove beneficial over time, and discuss how you will carry on with your practice moving forward.
Do I need any special software to participate in the online sessions?
No, you will only need Internet access. Once you have enrolled, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to join the class. At that time, you may be prompted to download the app for the on-line classroom platform.