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25
Oct

Mindfulness for Children, Teens & Those Who Work And Learn With Them

Guidance on Mindfulness for Children, Teens and Those Who Work and Learn with Them

Professor Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter where she is working to develop and evaluate mindfulness in schools programs. Professor Weare is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner herself as well as a qualified mindfulness teacher. Her overall field is social and emotional learning and mental health and wellbeing in schools. She is known as an international expert on evidence-based practice and has written some of the leading books in this area and conducted several definitive reviews and led programmes which have informed policy and practice in many countries.

In this interview Katherine offers her expertise and guidance for conveying mindfulness to children, teens and those who work and learn with them. She discusses why mindfulness in school is important and shows how mindfulness makes learning more effective. You’ll also discover how mindfulness can change the brain and make us more compassionate and kind and less reactive.

This video includes a wonderful practice called ‘finger breathing’ which is a great one to share with children.

In the second video your practice session will be led by Dawa Tarchin Phillips. Dawa is a senior meditation teacher and the President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, an international leadership training and consulting firm that trains business leaders and organizations on 5 continents in Mindful Leadership.

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Here is the link to the Mindfulness in Education Network

If you want to find out more about the .b mindfulness in schools program go here

If you’d like to know more about Dawa you can find his website here

Find out more about Wake Up Schools here

Here is some information about the University of Exeter Mindfulness training here

And you can check out Sharpham where Katherine currently teaches here

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70 Responses

  1. Tracy greenwood

    Thankyou Melli, thankyou Katherine, what can I say! Wow, yet another insightful interview. . and the lovely finger breathing exercise , what a great practice, for kids and adults 🙂

  2. Leslie

    Thank you Melli and Katherine! I look forward to sharing the finger breathing technique with the patients I treat and with friends who are working on their mindfulness practice! Be well!

  3. Michelle Brockman

    Thank you Katherine and Melli for this very informative session. The variety and depth of the sessions have been amazing and I am so grateful to Melli and Matt and all others who have taken their time and energy to bring this to us. Bringing mindfulness to children, in particular, will create life-long habits of compassion and kindness that truly have the capacity to change the world. May all of us encourage our schools and parents to begin at the beginning (with children), to break the cycles of poverty and violence, and replace them with kindness and compassion, first for ourselves, then for others and for our planet.

    1. Michelle Brockman

      Just finished Dawa’s meditation, that has been my favorite practice session. Warmth and caring radiate from his soothing voice and presence. Thank you Dawa

  4. Rose Chan

    I really enjoyed seeing and learning from Katherine again on screen for the second time, first time I saw Katherine in a wake up school project and remembered her well from the video. Thank you Katherine for your generous sharing especially you said about start and do the practice yourself before introducing to others and especially for teenagers. Thank you Dawa for the meditation, it’s was profound and really loved it, the best meditation for me at this summit .Thank you Melli and all for making all this happen so wonderfully. In deep gratitude

  5. Another great session! I can relate so much to Katherine. I just took early retirement because of exhaustion and severe chronic lower back pain. I had been practicing yoga and meditation very haphazardly over several years. Those practices helped, but I needed more structure. This summit and a more diligent yoga practice have helped me get rid of the lower back pain that I have had for two years. I am so grateful to Melli and Matt for putting this summit together. It was truly life changing for me. I will miss it after next week! Also, I really enjoyed Dawa’s session. What a kind soul!

    Thank you again, Melli, from the bottom of my heart and central Ohio : )

  6. Tobias Schreiber

    Wonderful scope of information, practical experience, personal and social applications of mindfulness practice and increased awareness. Great information from Katherine Weare.
    Dawa’s practice is wonderful. Thank you Melli for your vision and energy.
    Happiness is where the I is not. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj The illusion of the “I” is the mother and father of Maya. Then by imagining a future or past there is an attempt to improve the illusion.

  7. Michelle Harrison

    Thank you Katherine and mellie. One of my favorite lectures so far. I truly believe getting mindfulness mainstream via being core in the education system would be amazing progress. I guess we would have to ensure it wasn’t watered down to just focus and efficiently purposes but kept but health and well-being of students.
    Thank you for the finger breathing technique. My new favorite. I will be telling my 2 teenagers about this one.

    1. Deana Hueners

      I couldn’t agree more. Today’s meditation practice was deeply moving for me. It was a lovely way to begin the day. Trying hard to be in the moment and not worry about what I will do to continue learning and practicing a week from now when the summit is over!

  8. Darren

    “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

    “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

    “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.

    ― Thích Nhất Hạnh (Courtesy Goodreads)

    Knowing now, what I wasn’t taught then: to have the option of mindfulness education available for sharing with our children for learning; and for our teachers for helping to guide education is, in my view, an opportunity simply can not afford to let slip by. Following today’s session and practice, I simply feel blessed. As a man, friend, Dad, Son: what a gift.

    Be Well

  9. Mike Phelan

    From Arianna Huffington (Thrive pg 202)

    “Because if there is meaning in the universe, there is meaning in our daily lives and choices we make. And so we can choose to live in ways that help us live fuller, more complete lives, aligned with what matters: A life that isn’t defined by our salaries and resumes. A life that encompasses all that we are and can become.”

    Mindfulness/Meditation seems like a good choice…..that can also help make better choices.

  10. M Larsson

    Dawa, what did you do? I cried during most of the meditation, and smiled and felt alive. Thank you.

    Melli thank you for this summit. So much beauty, so many bright minds, so much knowledge.

    And Katherine, thank you for a fun and enjoyable talk.

  11. Jewel Nye

    I’ve so enjoyed this summit and the variety of speakers. Thank you for providing this to so many people. I really appreciated the meditation session led by Dawa. His voice is so soothing and the choice of words you used were wonderful. Thank you.

  12. Sara

    As s teacher, thus talk has taken my desire of bringing mindfulness to my high school students up a notch. Also, the meditation on compassion has been my favourite so far.

  13. Maggie Naylor

    Everyday I get more excited about mindfulness and its empowering properties. I want to share it with everyone, especially the people I care most about! Trying not to come across as too much of a zealot though. Thanks for this summit Melli!

  14. Jo-Anna Roberts

    Thank you for another great authentic perspective on mindfulness for young people – and all of us – with so much practical advice. Loved Dawa’s practice too, lovely to have the sense us all as the summit community focusing on presence, clarity, joy and trust.

  15. Shannon Checklin

    Loved the mindful session with Dawa. Beautiful way to start my week. Thank you again Melli. This is a wonderful experience. I’m in Melbourne Australia and seeing that others are in other places across the world. I’m hoping we can continue together with mindfulness after this summit.

  16. Aziza Sami

    Thank you professor Weare, thank you Dawa for a wonderful talk and a wonderful meditation. I would like to share with you a story that I shared in the commentary on the ‘mindful parenting’ session. I am doing so here because of the manner in which it embodies life…love…mindfulness and presence. It is the moving story of a young mother whom I personally know ..who through presence..found liberation and transformed the difficult moments…living with her child……into a blessing and a gift of gratitude.

  17. Aziza Sami

    Thank you professor Weare, thank you Dawa for a wonderful talk and a wonderful meditation. I would like to share with you a story that I shared in the commentary on the ‘mindful parenting’ session. I am doing so here because of the manner in which it embodies life…love…mindfulness and presence. It is the moving story of a young mother whom I personally know ..who through presence..found liberation and transformed the difficult moments…living with her child……into a blessing and a gift of gratitude.

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22018/my-son-wont-ever-be-able-to-walk-talk-or-see-this-is-why-hes-here.html

  18. Shira

    Meli, this is coming together as an incredible journey. Thank you SO much. I am thrilled and grounded in what I felt but couldn’t put into a path before this summit. ????

  19. Fiona Benharoosh

    Melli, thank you so much for this amazing summit. Everyday, something new and wonderful to experience and learn. Today’s meditation practice by Dawa was simply beautiful. For me, the best one thus far. His words and insight actually reduced me to tears, but in a good way! I’m going to listen to him again – right now. Take care.

  20. Gillian Moon

    Thank you Katherine, I really enjoyed your talk. It is inspirational to know that mindfulness is a way of life in schools in UK. I will be looking into as to what is available in schools in NZ. I am getting so much out of this summit ….. thank you again Melli for making this happen.

    Thank you Dawa for the beautiful meditation practice – I felt really open and at peace during this.

    Blessings of love and light

    Gillian
    Aotearoa/NZ

  21. Paulina Gilbert

    The meditation with Dawa was so beautiful. I especially appreciated it just now. because I had just dealt with something that unbalanced me. Which was unethical behavior toward me. I felt disappointment, and anger. I realize I was also judging.. I had unwholesome thoughts that were not truthful. Now, after the meditation. I am once again peaceful and balanced. Thank you Dawa and Melli.

  22. Shantelle Bates

    Another wonderful session today, thank you. It’s lovely to see people being able to take this wonderful mindset and aspire to take it out into the world and encourage others to adopt it, especially people as special as children for the betterment of the world. The next generation have so much to look forward to and to know that they can take this practice and operate with it is just inspiring.
    We definitely need to lead by example, and I look forward to seeing what these wonderful little minds can achieve.
    Thanks Prof. Weare for taking up the challenge and teaching us, and Melli for bringing this to our attention

  23. Teresa Gray

    Thanks Dawa for the wonderful meditation. Unfortunately Katherine Weare talk the sound was pretty distorted not able to listen to it for long. Still it has been a wonderful 25 days, shame it is coming to the end! Thanks Melli without your hard work in putting these together and giving us the opportunity to be part of, we all would have missed an important event in our lives.

  24. Steve Forbes

    I have appreciated all the speakers to date and would find it difficult to select a best and see no point in trying, but I liked Katherine’s down to earth unpretentious self-assuredness and straight-forwardness based on grounded been-there-done-that practical experience, which makes me think her response to the question of the potential of mainstream mindfulness has real merit. And if to be realized it will be through the children she is reaching, teaching their children, over perhaps the seven generations Chief Crazy Horse (Native American Chief) saw in his vision “…when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again,” (Take heart! He had his vision around 1877 when 7 generations was thought to be around 140 years, so could be as soon as 2017!)

  25. Shelly

    Thank you so much for this summit and for the wonderful meditation exercise with Dawa. That was one of the most amazing experiences I have had with meditation, it opened up a whole new world for me. This summit had been just what I needed and I am so grateful for this experience!!

  26. Josephine Sweeney

    A very grounded and organic interview with Katherine……what a compelling and intellect she is, and so easy to listen to……I found her advice so practical and simple. I loved her honesty and willingness to be open about her own journey into mindfulness, from a personal perspective and professional.

    Dawa meditation was so soothing and relaxation….he also touched on areas of such importance….particularly “trust”. I found this to be the most authentic meditation so far.

    Infinite Love & Gratitude

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