Mindfulness for You & Your Students

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Originally presented at CAT on Sept. 10, 2012 by Bart Everson. Updated 2017.


What is mindfulness? Here are some helpful definitions. 
  • Mindfulness is a conscious, purposeful way of tuning in to what's happening in and around us. — Deborah Schoeberlein
  • Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally. — Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • A definition for kids and teens: Paying attention here and now, with kindness and curiosity... so that we can choose our behavior. — Amy Saltzman, MD


Primary inspiration for this workshop comes from Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness by Deborah Schoeberlein. Billed as a "guide for anyone who teaches anything," it's a wonderful book and highly recommended.

For a broader scope of practices, more focused on higher education, we also recommend Contemplative Practices in Higher Education.


Research in Mindfulness: Select References

Other resources

A newsletter on the intersection of contemplation and technology: Tech Mindful


Most of the images used in the presentation are licensed under Creative Commons and are collected in a gallery on Flickr. Many thanks to the generous photographers and graphic designers who have allowed their work to be reused.