Mindfulness in Education

Ali Smith of Baltimore’s Holistic Life Foundation. Photo by Noel Hidalgo.

Something in my news feed caught my eye this morning: A Classroom in the Now, a brief article about the rising popularity of mindfulness meditation and its potential to help students learn. It highlights the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Mindfulness is a hot topic right now. Drawing on meditation techniques from Buddhist spiritual traditions, secular forms of mindfulness are cropping up in corporate offices, college campuses, and public schools. Closer to home, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health teamed up with Penn State and Baltimore’s Holistic Life Foundation to bring mindfulness to urban youth. (Brief article in PDF)

Want to know more? The web (and our library!) are brimming with information on mindfulness, but one place to start could be this handy research guide, put together by University of Kentucky Libraries.

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