The research is pretty clear, mindfulness works. In particular, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has been studied in a variety of contexts with impressive results. The latest research coming out today is from Richie Davidson’s lab at UW-Madison, looking at the effectiveness of an 8-week MBSR course in combating teacher burnout.
The buzz around mindfulness in education keeps getting louder, and more empirical research to support its effectiveness is always welcome. This is an exciting time in education where many people are beginning to rethink what we value most in education. His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech with a speech of his own:
“Through education we can develop a sense of oneness of humanity.”
This really hits home for me. On a personal note,
- I’m a teacher (high school science to be exact)
- I recently completed the 8-week MBSR course this summer
- We are a few weeks into the school year and I have never felt better
- I can’t wait to share these practices with you, dear reader
In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with mindfulness, tools for teachers (or anyone) to begin their practice, and ideas for teaching mindfulness to students. Stay tuned!