• Contemplative Education Database

    We are so happy to be a part of the Garrison Institute's newly launched, free, publically accessible database of contemplative teaching and learning programs.

    Users can search the database according to program characteristics such as location, contemplative approach, and target audience. For example, a teacher in New Jersey could use the database to search for K-12 yoga programs operating in her state.

    Researchers—including graduate students and professors—can also take advantage of this resource to find programs seeking to build an evidence base for their work. In turn, programs can submit their information to make it widely available to interested researchers. Programs can also search the database to find and make contact with similar organizations.

    Finally, the database can also be a tool for funders, policy makers and media looking to track the growth of the field.

    For more information about these databases, or to submit information about a contemplative education program, contact Susan Fountain, Field Development Manager, at: susan@garrisoninstitute.org.  For other questions, contact the Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative at: ctl@garrisoninstitute.org

    To check out the database yourself, visit: http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/contemplative-education-program-database

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  • Back to School Practice: Mindful Listening

    This mindful listening practice asks your students to explore what they can hear around them in an intentional way. Our hearing is so sensitive. We don’t have any way to block out sound the way we can close our eyes to reduce what we see. All of the sounds around us are competing for our attention all of the time. Learning to attune our hearing to the sounds that are most important at the moment is a life skill that children are called upon to exercise from the moment they enter school.

    1. First have your students find a still and comfortable position with their bodies. It is helpful to close your eyes for this activity. If it doesn’t feel comfortable for some of your students to close their eyes, tell them to rest them on the ground right in front of them. The first thing that we are going to listen for are the sounds that are far away from us. Open your ears as wide as you can make them, and imagine stretching your hearing way out beyond the room you are sitting in, and the school that that room is in, all the way to the outdoors. Listen carefully and find the furthest away sounds that you can hear.
    2. When you start hearing sounds, don’t worry about identifying the sound, or figuring out what it making the sound. Just notice it exactly as it is. (Give the class a few minutes of silence here).
    3. Now that you have heard the farthest away sounds you can find, bring your hearing in a little bit closer, and find the sounds that are in this school. Again, don’t worry about figuring out what is making the sounds, just listen for them.
    4. Next we are going to bring our hearing even closer, to find the sounds that are in this room. Reach your hearing into each corner of the room and see what sounds you can find.
    5. After you have found all of the sounds in the room, we are going to bring our hearing to the closest place of all – our own bodies.
    6. Pull your hearing all the way to your body. Pull it out of the room and turn it to the sounds that you can find your own body making. Listen carefully. Your body might have a lot to say. After a few moments of listening to your own body, gently open your eyes. Ask the students what they heard at each layer.

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