Mindfulness can be described as a state of active awareness and open attention on the present. Commonly associated with certain practices common to the world’s great religions, in the past 30 years scientific investigations have produced a large body of evidence demonstrating the efficacy of such practices on the ability to mindfully focus and attend, the starting place for all learning. As well, hundreds of studies point towards an enhancement of psychological wellbeing and physical health through mindfulness practices.
In the realm of education and learning, research outcomes demonstrate the effectiveness of mindfulness-based practices in schools, as a result of which there is growing interest in providing an opportunity for both staff and students to learn the whys and the hows.
In this presentation, designed with staff (and students!) in mind, the theory, research and, most importantly, the specific practices associated with mindfulness states are explored, along with the relationship between positive changes that can occur in both the central nervous system (i.e., the brain) and the autonomic nervous system (ANS). In addition, we look at Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a thoroughly documented and exciting protocol for balancing and harmonizing the autonomic nervous system. Finally, suggestions for implementing a school-wide program will be highlighted as well.
Tim Burns is an educator and author whose background includes over thirty years of experience as public school teacher and counselor.
First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, university instructor, professional development consultant and conference presenter.
Since 1986, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Division of Extended Studies, Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado. Over the years, he has provided conference keynote addresses and workshops to over three thousand schools and educational organizations in over 25 countries throughout North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Tim’s popular brain presentations encompass students, grades pre-K through high school, faculty and parents.