Everybody Present seeks to create a new kind of culture in our schools: one that counters stress and facilitates learning. It reframes the student-teacher relationship, showing teachers how to supplant antagonism and foster strong relationships by planting seeds of mindfulness in their students and encouraging them to embark on a mindfulness practice of their own.
Everybody Present is intended to contribute to the creation of a culture throughout the educational system writ large, working against stress and victim mentality to set in motion a revolution of silence, allowing each individual the experience of inter-being, inner calm, and joy.
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Teaching, not therapy
A further pitfall is that we treat the education relationship as if mindfulness were a therapy. The mindfulness teacher is not a therapist, and it is not the intention that mindfulness teaching should become therapy. In therapy, a person's emotional challenges are laid bare often with the primary aim that the therapist should help the person. Education is characterized, on the other hand, as a relation in which the teacher sets up possibilities for learning to talk place. If a teacher has emotional challenges it is important not to invite a confessional mood in connection with mindfulness practice. We sympathize with emotional difficulties not by commenting on them but by listening consciously without making judgements. We do not make inquiries that could be of a more therapeutic character into emotional problems.
Mindfulness is not a religion but a practice based on research. It is a universal mode for being aware in a way that everyone can practice, regardless of whether they have any religious affiliation or not. We must not blindly have faith in the practice and its effects, but trust our own experiences. In mindfulness we do not work with a super-sensible world or concept of the divine that influences our conduct.
Table of Contents
A new way for education
- Mindfulness combines personal and social change
- What exactly is mindfulness?
- To rediscover and restore educational ideals
- From vicious to virtuous circle
- Mindfulness as educational practise
- Research shows how mindfulness creates positive changes
- How do I practice mindfulness
- Deep breathing creates inner calm
- Stress reduction through mindfuness
- Mindfulness strenghthens competence in relationships
- Mindfulness and anger management in educational relations
- Mindfulness culture
- Mindfulness meeting culture
- Mindfulness with children
- Pitfalls with Mindfulness
- Mindfulness and insight
- The revolution of Silence