Going Back to School Mindfully

a quick guide for students, teachers, and parents

These may be regrets from the past … or worries about the future.

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.”

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It is time to pay attention!

The focus on the very real, physical sensations is important because it helps us be in the present moment.

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Calling roll

In a very simple way, this is what we do with mindfulness. It is a call to be present … to really be “here” in this moment.

The bell is a signal to stop, … to breathe, … to be “here” again.

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Here are your grades for the assignment.

A non-judgemental approach means that we observe the present while pausing to decide what to do next.

Reaction is more of the fight/flight system; responding means pausing and making a thoughtful choice.

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clinical social worker, spiritual director, author, husband, father, son, runner in Georgia, co-author of When Anxiety Strikes from Kregel Publications.

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