Keep Calm & Study On

Have you seen the new Sonoma Family Life Magazine?  We are delighted to have contributed a feature article to the February issue.

Here's an excerpt:

What is mindfulness?  What is the science behind it?  And can it improve the culture of our schools?  These are questions that a growing group of Sonoma County teachers, parents, and students have been asking.

For thousands of years, contemplative traditions around the world have used mindfulness to reduce stress and suffering and to help people of all backgrounds meet adversity with courage and resilience.

Thirty-five years ago, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness emerged as a research-based intervention called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  Mindfulness now has applications in education, professional development, cognitive therapy, and sports training — with benefits including reduced stress, anxiety, and depression and increased health, memory, self-regulation, and social connection.

But what is it really?  Mindfulness is a set of skills that allow us to respond rather than react; to see with an open, curious mind; and to engage in the world with greater understanding and compassion.

You can view complete article online here.