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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Still Quiet Place (recommended book)
A Still Quiet Place, by medical doctor and experienced mindfulness teacher Amy Saltzman, presents a detailed eight-week mindfulness curriculum, with a balance of sitting practice, mindful movement, and compassionate discussion.

There are some great activities I haven’t seen elsewhere, including:

  • Seaweed Movement Practice;
  • Emotion Improv Exercise; 
  • Finger Yoga Practice; and 
  • Two-Minute Mindful Dance Party.

But the real strength of the book is in the comprehensive guidelines on how to teach mindfulness:
  • Using kids’ real-life experiences to demonstrate how mindfulness can be applied in daily life;
  • Noticing what feelings might underlie complaints of “boredom,” and mindfully handling disruptive students;
  • “Pitching” the program to potentially-reluctant staff and/or parents;
  • Specific advice for therapists, classroom teachers, and parents on the challenges they might face in teaching mindfulness;
  • A sample consent form, program flier, and one-page letter for decision makers; 
and perhaps most importantly,
  • Deciding whether you’re ready to lead mindfulness workshops, and what training would be helpful before beginning to teach groups of children.

A Still Quiet Place would be a very useful resource if you’re looking for some mindfulness activities to try at school or at home. But this is an essential book if you want to be a mindfulness teacher, and especially if you want to train others to teach mindfulness.


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