by Catharine Hannay, founder of MindfulTeachers.org
It occurred to me that some of you might be thinking about subscribing to the monthly newsletter and wondering what to expect. So here's a quick explanation, as well as the most recent newsletter.
Here's the February 2020 newsletter, to give you a sense of the type of information I include each month:
Do you ever feel this way?
"Another week. It's time to say hello. Well, is it over yet? Probably so... It's always half past now a while ago."'Monday,' by The Bottle Rockets
This isn't the first time a song has hit me with just the right message at just the right time. (The other day, immediately after an argument with my husband, I walked past a car that was playing "I've got a chip on my shoulder." Yep! Time to let it go.)
While I was doing some post-holiday tidying up last month, I realized just how many little scraps of paper I'd squirreled away with song titles or bits of lyrics. So I had a great time putting together a new playlist on Songs About Mindfulness and Compassion.
As always, I've tried to include something for everyone. There are singers of different ages and from different parts of the world, as well as a range of musical styles: from a country song about tolerance to a hiphop video set in a therapist's office.
I've also been reorganizing the Mindfulness Resources page, so it should be quicker and easier to find the information and activities you're looking for. This includes gathering together posts on similar topics with carefully selected links from other sources.
If you teach younger kids (up to age 11)
While I was putting together the new playlist, I was very excited to discover Narwhals and Waterfalls, a duo of teachers and 'kindie' (kids' independent) musicians who've created fun, original music with an SEL curriculum.
I've added their cover of Mr. Rogers' classic song "It's You I Like" and a few more of their videos to the playlist of Great Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Self-Acceptance, and Gratitude. And I'll post a Q+A with them on Friday Feb. 21st about "How Music Helps Kids with Social and Emotional Learning."
If you teach adolescents
- I recently updated the post on Teaching Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga to Teens.
- I have a new guest post at the Center for Adolescent Studies on 4 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Strong Emotions.
- You may also be interested in my earlier guest post for the Prufrock Press blog on 3 Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Gifted Girls.
- And I heard an excellent talk last week by Dr. Lisa Damour. I highly recommend her books Untangled and Under Pressure to any parents and teachers of teen girls.
If you teach university students or adults
I'd appreciate hearing from you about what types of posts would be most useful. I've been emphasizing resources for kids because most of the people I hear from are working with K-12.
I will be focusing more on self-care for teachers in the next couple of months, and I'd be very happy to share additional resources for adults if that would be of interest.
If you're interested in Christian mindfulness practices
My colleague Dr. Irene Kraegel has a wonderful new book called The Mindful Christian: Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith:
- "Drawing heavily from Scripture, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction practices, and personal life experiences, the author presents a theologically sound, research-based, personally authentic integration of mindfulness and Christian faith."
- On Tuesday 2/18, I'll publish a guest post by Irene on Mindfully Meditative Christian Practices.
- I usually send the newsletter in the middle of the month.
- I start with a brief message, then provide lots of links to new posts and other useful resources.
- I never share your address with anyone.
- I never send any unsolicited messages, just the monthly newsletter.
- You are welcome to reply and give feedback or ask questions.
- You are welcome to unsubscribe at any time. (Just reply 'unsubscribe' and I'll take you off the list.)
If you'd like to subscribe, or if you have any questions, you can reach me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com.
I look forward to hearing from you.