by Catharine Hannay
A big part of my mission here at Mindful Teachers is to make it easier for you to find the resources you need to teach mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, social-emotional skills and social responsibility.
In putting together these playlists, I reject at least a dozen songs for every song that makes it onto the list. I look for:
- themes appropriate for values-based teaching and lessons on mindfulness and social-emotional learning;
- a range of musical styles to suit different tastes; and
- interesting lyrics, without gratuitously offensive words or images (which is why I don't include more rap and hip-hop; let's just say it's been eye-opening).
Some of the songs and discussion questions are intended for adults and mature teens. If you teach young children, start with:
I've tried to include something for everyone on the other playlists, but please read the lyrics and watch the full video before deciding what's appropriate for your particular context.
Song Playlists with Questions for Reflection and Discussion
All About the Breath
Songs about breath-based meditation, breathing through strong emotions, and 'the moments that take your breath away'Are You Happy?
Songs about feeling happy, looking on the bright side, and pretending to be happy while hiding our true feelings
Be Here Now
Songs about growing up, seasons changing, remembering the past, and appreciating the present momentChange the World
Songs about diversity, unity, love for humanity, and making a differenceKindness and Compassion (part 1 of 2)
Songs about treating each other with compassion, empathy, and kindnessKindness and Compassion (part 2 of 2)
Songs about discrimination, understanding people from different backgrounds, and taking action to help othersGratitude (part 1 of 2)
Songs offering thanks to specific people; songs expressing appreciation for life itselfGratitude (part 2 of 2)
Songs about appreciating our circumstances and our loved onesNature and the Environment
Songs about protecting the environment, appreciating nature, and treating all creatures with respect and compassion
Songs about apologizing, reconciliation, and forgiving ourselves and othersSelf-Acceptance
Songs about being true to ourselves and recognizing our own strength and vulnerabilitySelf-Compassion, Self-Acceptance, and Empathy
Songs about appreciating our differences and supporting each other.Songs About Friends and Family
Songs about love, gratitude, compassion, and challenging relationshipsWhat is Love?
Songs about healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships
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