Written by an experienced school and meditation teacher, this book is packed with tried and tested mindfulness exercises and relevant follow-up wellbeing, pastoral and academic activities for anyone working with young people. It includes discussions about education and wellbeing, anecdotes from real life experience, numerous testimonies from students and teachers, as well as easy-to follow instructions and plenty of useful in-depth explanations. All activities in this book link to variety of school subjects, including science, maths, philosophy, music, art and sport.
Divided into two parts, the book explores:
- What mindfulness and grounding is
- How mindfulness and grounding works at home, in daily life and in education
- How teachers can use mindfulness and grounding in the classroom and how parents can support it at home
- What effects can be expected from mindfulness meditation
This book is an invaluable resource for secondary teachers, youth workers and parents and can be used in classrooms, pastoral offices, youth clubs or at home.
PART ONE Introductory word for teachers How to use this book and what is inside What happened first? How I got to do this…. Why I wrote this book Young people and their self- and spiritual development Happiness in schools Why should they do nothing? Who is responsible? The role of beauty and positive narrative in young people’s development A short word about emotions Why is calling it Emotional Health better than Mental Health? What do students want in 21st Century? Behaviour in the classroom and well-being of students ‘Good Girl’, ‘Bad Boy’ Myths and other traps What about teachers? Can a stressed-out teacher spread happiness? About Mindfulness What Mindfulness is and what it isn’t - demystifying modern misconceptions About grounding - the magic ingredient for mindful life What is ‘grounding’? Why teachers need to have those tools? A few words for parents Gratitude Exercise Mindfulness, meditation and grounding at home PART TWO What is in the Part Two and how to use it? Mindfulness meditation in the classroom and logistics of implementation: group sizes, space, times to use it, length of exercises, space, environmental sounds, background music, safety and age of students PRACTICAL EXERCISES GROUNDING MEDITATIONS FOR POSITIVE SELF-PROGRAMMING LIST OF GROUNDING MEDITATIONS THREE ELECTRONIC MEDITATIONS FOR TEACHERS