Mindfulness has helped me in many ways. At home, it has helped me be more present as a parent. It has enabled me to experience the love, joy, and pain of parenthood more fully. At school, mindfulness has helped me begin my day with more peace and less anxiety. I have learned breathing strategies that have helped me stay focused and calm throughout the school day. I have realized that my 'inner climate' affects not only my own happiness, but also my ability to teach my students effectively.

As educators we are constantly in 'Go Mode.'  It is difficult to have a complete thought when someone is always needing you.  We often leave here with little left to give to ourselves and our own families.  Mindfulness provides the strategies to better deal with the day to day and then reconnect with ourselves so that we can make the transition to what happens beyond the school day.

I really feel that taking this class has made me a better mom and teacher.  I have anxiety and always feeling like I need to be on the go is a part of who I am.  Taking mindful minutes at school and at home helps me to regulate myself and helps me become more thoughtful and aware. For my students using mindfulness helps them gather their thoughts, train their attention, and control their emotions.  My students are enjoying their time to meditate. I am using the practice cards given to us in class to lead our time and hope that in the future my students will be able to lead mindfulness. Some of them are even using mindfulness at home.  One of my girls said that the glowing bubble helps her to fall asleep at night. Thank you for making my life, my kids lives, and my students lives more mindful by teaching this practice in Lodi!  

I have always been someone who is 'in my head' a lot.  Mindfulness practice has helped me spend more time in the present, and it has shown me the benefit of doing so.  I have noticed a much calmer feeling in my daily life, and an old friend mentioned that I seem more at peace.

The most amazing benefit I have noticed is that the kids participate more attentively... Last week most days I was able to easily cover all required math material.  Something that I struggled to get done before.  I believe it has everything to do with the Mindful Minute.   I also have the students take a quick breath while in line when preparing to leave for specials etc.  It helps them stay quiet and in time with the class as we travel in the hallway.  I'm excited to have the cards to help me guide the students.

Learning mindfulness has affected my life in that it has made me a lot more self aware. My daily practice has helped me be more calm and clear-minded. ... It has helped me live in more in the present and less in my future worries. It has helped me become a better listener - and really give my attention to people (including my students) as they talk. It has helped me accept each of my students for who they are and see the best in each of them. It has taught me how to calm them down and how to teach mindful breathing as a strategy for them to use as they need. And it has helped me focus on wanting/wishing good for others all around me.

I guess what stands out for me isn’t what I notice more of but what is missing.  I am not feeling like I am on a constant hamster wheel and so stressed about what lies ahead for me in my day.  I do feel like I am more present and more able to go with the flow.  I feel more alert and productive and I feel like I am more present for my family at night.

(My practice has helped me) alleviate stress and find joy in teaching. I feel that my students are noticing that I am making changes.  Either their behavior is calmer because I am calmer or, their behavior hasn’t changed but I am not letting their behavior elevate my stress.  Either way, I feel more relaxed and laugh more with my students.

I am learning to slow down. Slow down, think, notice and feel some of the things I do each day. When I can honestly slow down, I feel happier doing those day to day tasks. I have also noticed that I am more efficient with my time when I slow, do one thing at a time with focus and purpose.

I was in the middle of a Guidance lesson and I realized the kids were getting a little louder and distracted.  I found myself feeding off of them - speaking faster, becoming more anxious about the curriculum and objectives I wanted to cover before Guidance was over.  Anyways, I realized what was going on and knew that we all needed a "break".  So I gave them a discussion question to pair up and share.  This gave them a chance to talk and get some wiggles out.  It provided me with an opportunity to "regroup" as well.  I took some deep breaths and then when we came back as a large group I purposefully talked slower and softer.  It was AMAZING to see them respond!  As I self-regulated better, so did they.  Honestly it was like a magic trick!  And what it did was provide evidence for what we already know...  that kids respond to our energy and emotions.  This is why it's so important to simply be aware and pick up on these cues.  I feel I have done a better job at this with my practice of mindfulness.

I know that kids are so in-tuned with our emotional state, whether or not we ever “reveal” it to them directly.  I think in the classroom (therapy room), it’s a great practice to just collect myself before jumping into the next session, while still hurriedly jotting down notes and moving materials from one session to the next.  I also think that because I often don’t know how a student will be when they arrive at my door, it’s great that I can greet them calmly, in a collected manner and be “quiet” and ready to receive them.  It’s a much better to feel like someone is expecting you when you arrive for an appointment, rather than watching them scramble to get things ready for you once you arrive.

(My practice) helps  me with my transitions.  I am often rushing from one activity to the next, so it helped me to pause, calm down, and focus on the new task at hand, allowing me to better give the students my full attention.   

I had two loses in my life and experienced anxiety to the point where I contemplated if I needed medication to get me through. Learning mindfulness changed my life and my panic attacks have lessened. I also have been practicing mindfulness with my students and I've seen improvements in managing emotions.

The Mindful Being in Education class has helped me be more personally reflective and focused in my everyday life. It was refreshing to know that being mindful did not mean I needed to have a 'perfect' mindful practice. Focusing on my breath has helped focus my thinking in difficult situations and I frequently find myself slowing down and taking some deep breaths before I speak. I also feel that mindfulness has helped me be more productive in my work. I am looking forward to introducing Mindfulness to my students.