Mindfulness - The National Association for the Education of


Mindfulness - The National Association for the Education of
Mary T. Schmitz, MSW, LICSW
Mindfulness Education Specialist,
ISD 728 Elk River Area Schools
MBSR Teacher, UMASS Medical, 2015
Yoga Calm Certified Trainer, 2015
RYT 200 Hr. Yoga Teacher Training 2014
Mindful Education Institute Graduate, 2013
Mindful Schools & Still, Quiet Place
Curriculum Trainings 2012
Mind-Up Curriculum Training 2010
© Mary T. Schmitz. No copying or use without permission of author
[email protected]
763-241-3400 Ext. 1253
Introduction to Mindfulness
○ What is it?
○ Why be Mindful?
● Benefits of Mindfulness
● Neuroscience
● Breath Awareness
● Body Scan
● Mindful Movement
“Mindfulness means paying
attention in a particular way; on
purpose, in the present moment,
and non-judgmentally.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Showing Up: All In
In the eye of the
Getting into
the Zone
Peace, Calm, Stillness
The Present Moment
Focused Attention
Taking a breath
In the
Creating space
Non-judging Awareness
Impartial witness/spectator
Thinking about Thinking
Coming back to your Senses
Here & Now
Watching &
Medical Visits:
● Estimated 60-80% of Dr. visits =
Stress Related Concerns (Rosch,
● Migraines, insomnia, high blood
pressure, heart attacks, heart
disease, anxiety disorders, &
What’s at School?
● Lack of Focus
● Emotionally Dysregulated
● Anxious
● Impulsive
Benefits of Mindfulness:
● Decreased Stress & Anxiety
● Supports Management of Chronic
● Enhances Attention & Executive
● Improves Emotion Regulation
● Increased Empathy &
Understanding of Others
(Hozel et. al 2011)
Anderson Cooper’s
Mindful Experience:
60 Minutes
Executive Functioning
Helps you execute:
Attention & Focus
Emotion Regulation
Planning, Organizing, Thinking &
All About the BRAIN
Pre-Frontal Cortex
All about the PAUSE
“Between stimulus and
response there is a space. In
that space is our power to
choose our response. In our
response lies our growth and
our freedom.”
-Viktor Frankl
George Mumford: On the Pause
“Respond from the center of the
hurricane, rather than reacting
from the chaos of the storm.”
― George Mumford, The Mindful Athlete:
Secrets to Pure Performance, 2015
School Findings
Increase in Attention
Increase in Social Skills
Decrease in Anxiety
Decrease in ADHD
(Napoli, 2005; Saltzman, 2011)
Mindful Practices
“It’s all about being in the moment. All we
have is the moment. There’s no past, there’s no
future...it’s the moment. That’s it”
-----jazz legend, Sonny Rollins
Breath Awareness
Body Scan
Mindful Movement
Mindful Eating
LovingKindness Meditation
Gratitude Practice
Mindfulness in ISD 728
Cool in our schools
Mindful Apps
● Apps:
○ Stop,Breathe & Think
○ Calm
○ Sitting Still: Mindfulness App for Teens
Books to get you started...
● “Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and
Teens” edited by Christopher Willard & Dr. Amy
Saltzman, 2015
● “The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating
Well-Being in Teachers and Students” by
Daniel Rechtschaffen, 2014
● “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for
Peace & Productivity in the Classroom” by
Patricia A. Jennings, 2015
● “The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help
You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time”
by Dzung X, VO, MD 2015
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