last updated August 31, 2020
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These posts by Mindful Teachers founder Catharine Hannay clarify some common misunderstandings about mindfulness and mindfulness research.
- Three Challenging Questions About the Benefits of Mindfulness
- Three Dangerous Misunderstandings About Mindfulness
- A Very Brief Introduction to Mindfulness Research
- Brief Summary of Mindfulness Research, by Greg Flaxman and Lisa Flook at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, explores the benefits of mindfulness and its connection to other mind/body practices.
- Mindfulness Research Monthly is a newsletter from the American Mindfulness Research Association with the latest research in the field.
- Mindfulness meditation and relaxation response affect brain differently from The Harvard Gazette
- Research Update, Vol. 2 from Mindful Schools
- 10 Things We Know About the Science of Meditation from Mindful.org
- What are the Benefits of Mindfulness? from the American Psychological Association
The Benefits of Mindfulness for Educators
"When the adult in the room is transformed, the classroom climate changes, too. This is the ultimate goal: not to introduce mindfulness as a strategy-based intervention, but instead to change the overall climate, tone, and quality of interaction so that it is more conducive to the health and wholeness of teacher and student."
Brandi Lust of Learning Lab Consulting, in a guest post on "Mindfulness in Schools: Research-Based Support for Teacher Training"
The following links have more information about the benefits of mindfulness for educators:
- Mindfulness Training Can Help Reduce Teacher Stress and Burnout by Jill Ladwig at University of Wisconsin News
- When Teachers Get Mindfulness Training, Students Win, by Jill Suttle at Greater Good
The Benefits of Mindfulness for Kids
"Mindfulness as a skill can help youth learn to be less impulsive and more self-regulated, and to develop a stronger ability to choose in their lives. The idea is that we’re teaching young people to gain greater autonomy and choicefulness."
Dr. Sam Himelstein, in an interview on "How Mindfulness Helps Teens and the Adults Who Care about Them"
The following links have more information about how kids can benefit from mindfulness training:
- Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People, by Professor Katherine Weare for .b The Mindfulness in Schools Project and The University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre
- How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning, by Saga Briggs at informED
- Meditation Isn't Just About Self-Help. Here's What Educators Need to Know, by Raquel Ríos at Education Week
- Mindful Kids, Peaceful Schools, by Jill Suttle at Greater Good
- Mindfulness Practices for Testing Season: Managing Test Anxiety by Brandi Lust of Learning Lab Consulting
- Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning by Patricia C. Broderick at Mind/Shift
There are dozens of ways to practice and teach mindfulness. See the Mindfulness Teaching Resources page for activities and expert advice.