Browsing All posts tagged under »Mindfulness«

The Immune System v. COVID19

April 17, 2020


Note: Day Drinking is NOT an immune booster...

Tending To Joy; Inviting Delight

March 30, 2020


We are all suffering. But we can train our gaze to see what’s terrible, what’s wonderful,  and what's beautiful.

Taking My Own Advice Re: Self-Care

March 26, 2020


We can use ordinary daily occurrences as reminders to take a few deep breaths every now and then, throughout the day, weaving informal mindfulness practices into the fabric of our day.

Hello, Fear. You’re Here. I’m Here.

March 18, 2020


If I don't live to see the end of this pandemic, how would I like to have spent my last days of good health?

“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

March 13, 2020


You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body      love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— over and over announcing your place in the family of things. This poem is good medicine. I first met this poem when I came in a letter from my friend, G. Lynn Nelson, author of Writing and Being. We became penpals after we […]

Learning to Transform Negative Feelings

March 6, 2020


In Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hahn outlines a mindful map for transforming negative feelings. Step 1: Recognize each feeling as it arises. Step 2: Become one with the feeling. Step 3: Calm the feeling. Step 4: Release the feeling; let it go. Step 5: Look deeply into the nature of the pain. Try […]

Educators Against Academic Excellence? Part 3

February 27, 2020


The situation was heart-breaking; for me, it will always be so. 

Educators Against Academic Excellence? Part 2

February 26, 2020


I thought that administrators would enthusiastically embrace practices that could eliminate the need for in-school suspensions and keep students in classes. I was wrong.

Helping Children Understand Emotions

January 2, 2020


One of the most important things we can do for children is to teach them about the full range of human emotions--and how to respond to them mindfully, so that we can maintain self-control of our behavior and successfully navigate difficulties in relationships.

Seeing Whiteness In School

August 17, 2019


For the past eight months, I’ve been working on a research project. As an anti-racist teacher, I wanted to learn first-hand about the school experiences of my students of color. To find out some answers to this question, I interviewed a few dozen former students of color on the question, “How would you say whiteness–whatever […]