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3 Ways Mindful Art Can Enhance Learning in Your Classroom

There’s no doubt that coloring books have made a resurgence in adults lives. Yes, it may be trendy – but there’s also science behind it. Multiple studies have shown that coloring, doodling, and other forms of art help improve focus, concentration, and reduce stress. If adults can benefit from these mindful art activities, your students…

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Mindfulness During a Lockdown Drill?

According to the Washington Post, over 4 million students experienced lockdown drills last year as a part of their educational experience in American schools.  While these drills are becoming a standard in school safety protocols, we also know that they produce fear and anxiety for many young people.  What can mindfulness practices offer to students…

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5 Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness in Your New Year

Put down the pen for a brief mindfulness practice.  Before jumping to jot down all your goals for the new year, take a minute to practice mindfulness. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of “coulds” and “shoulds,” scrolling through articles that tell you about all the best (or trendiest) new activities and goals…

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P.A.U.S.E. and take it all in…

We use P.A.U.S.E. as a teaching acronym in our curriculum with teens, which stands for Pause, Attend,Untangle, Settle, Engage. Not just for teens, this tool can be useful for us adults too, especially during this time of year when life can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. As an organization, we are taking this intentional Pause…

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What’s Mindfulness Got to Do With Athletics? 

You may know that edge-of-your-seat moment of the big game when a player misses the free-throw shot, the clear path to the goal, or the easy hole-in-one… Or maybe you can relate to that practice where a player isn’t 100% there, and brings that with them to the game the next day… Whatever happened in…

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Perspective-Taking

By: Vanessa Weiner and Sophie Sandweiss This is one of my favorite times in the cycle of our year-long curriculum. We are deep into the chapter on Social Awareness and Relationship Skills, which strengthens the community we strive to create, and gives context to the first half of the year spent developing self-awareness and a…

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Katherine Chu

“Perfectionism’s a liar — You are enough” By: Jennifer Jordan I didn’t drink in high school. My first experience with underage drinking was the summer of 2003 – vodka and orange juice downed amidst the thrill of high school behind us, college ahead. I was a perfectionist growing up. I wanted all As, and I…

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Are You Perfect?

When you think of February, what comes to mind – chocolate and Valentine’s Day?  We conjured up all these images during our Mission: Mindfulness session last month that focused on practices around building compassion. When we talk about compassion, we talk about what it means to be more understanding and less judgmental toward others.  It…

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Was There Mindfulness at the Olympics?

Remember back to high school when you had to do a team project and there was always that one person who didn’t pull their weight? Working as a team requires communicating, innovating, showing dedication to the process, perspective-taking and persevering. Once called “soft skills,” these critical attributes are now sought after (and tested for) by…

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#WeAreResilient

Resilience happens every day—little moments that remind us that we have all overcome some form of disappointment or adversity in order to get to where we are today, and that the ability to bounce back after failure or loss may be our biggest strength. At Center for Resilience, we talk about the power of resilience.…

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