Educar Desde El Bienestar: Competencias Socioemocionales para el Aula y la Vida

Can you imagine a school community where every person takes charge of his or her internal world through recognizing and managing their emotions; establishing and maintaining constructive relationships based on empathy, understanding and collaboration; and making responsible decisions to achieve personal and common goals? How would your school and your class work if both colleagues and students had these skills?

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Guided Meditations for Grownups, author Seth Greenland weighs-in

Through Susan’s guided meditations, you’ll learn to unclench your jaw, lower your shoulders, and relax into a different way of viewing life experiences. Not the linear, metric – gotta go, gotta do, gotta be – mindset that many inhabit. There’s a broader more expansive way of being that we’re introduced to by these universal themes and when they’re coupled with mindfulness practice who can predict what might happen next. I’m not saying you’re going to find a winning lottery ticket in your pocket because that would be false advertising, but maybe you’ll feel like you did. 

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Is a More Perfect Union a More Mindful One?

A more perfect union, in a fundamental way, requires us to become a more mindful one. "Democracy dies in darkness" is more than a slogan, it reflects a foundational principle of both Democracy and mindfulness/meditation.  A more perfect union hinges on awareness, and that means we must elevate the national conversation to create one. We need to steer the conversation away from fearmongering and back to what matters – to economic growth, to taking care of one another, and to helping those who need help.

I'm reluctant to wade into political conversations on my blog and newsletter but am making an exception today. We're at an inflection point in this election cycle where the determination of who will be invited to participate in the Democratic debates is being crowdsourced. This is important because those on stage will determine the issues raised in the discussion. The road to the debate stage is through many small donations — 65,000 of them. I'd like to see Congressman Tim Ryan in that debate. Together we can make it happen. 

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Misguided Devotion: On Kirstin Allio's "Buddhism for Western Children"

Through the remarkable structure of her book, Allio offers readers a visceral experience of disassociation. Happiness is elusive for Allio's characters, but they find comfort in connection and understanding. As evidenced by hashtags like #SpiritualAbuse, #MeTooChurch, and #MeTooGuru, this type of healing is trying to happen in the real world too. In the ongoing war against the abuse of power by clergy, Allio’s disturbing novel is an urgent bulletin from the front. 

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Susan Kaiser Greenland
Technology and Consciousness

What does consciousness do, what is it for, and what does it have to do with artificial intelligence? In the summer of 2017, I was honored to present at one of a series of eight workshops organized by SRI International’s computer science laboratory that looked at these and other questions related to technology and consciousness. Daniel Sanchez and John Rushby’s smart, accessible Technology and Consciousness Workshops Report is now available. It provides an excellent overview of theories of consciousness, the possibility of machine or technological consciousness, and their potential implications.

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Susan Kaiser Greenland
What Matters Most? A Mindful Game for the New Year.

The Kaiser / Greenland family has an annual New Year's tradition. There’s not much to it. Armed with pencils and paper, we write down anything and everything that we'd like to leave behind in the old year as we look toward a new one. Comparing mind? That stays in 2018. Procrastination?  Not going to play that one forward. Old grudges, knee-jerk reactions, and tedious habits of mind?  Jot them down. Done. Done. Done.

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Susan Kaiser Greenland
Be Grateful For Everything. Really?

My grown son recently had a middle seat on a cross-country flight. He was seated between a family of three – dad on one side, mother on the other. With them, they had a young child who was restless and crying for much of the flight.  When I asked about his trip, he said, "Mom, I was traveling with the Clumsy Tea Boy.” If you don’t know the story of the Clumsy Tea Boy, here’s how it goes.

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Let's Make Some Waves, People!

The community that has emerged around sharing mindfulness with children and families may not have the size or reach of a major media company or political party, but we have something else. We have a healthy, targeted, and most importantly, highly engaged reach into communities from every facet of the political spectrum who care deeply about children and families. We have a spotlight of our own, we have a megaphone of our own, and we have an opportunity to use them to find common ground among people who disagree on many political issues but not on the welfare of kids. Together let's use our reach - newsletters, blogs, and social media feeds - to keep shining a light on families who have been forcibly separated at the border. I'm not going to shut-up about them until this awful mess gets sorted: I hope you’ll join me in this pledge. 

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First, do no harm. Seven Ethical Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness from Chris Willard

As the conversation on “certification” and “professionalization” of mindfulness teachers waxes and wanes, it's clear that such a change would bring some benefits and certainly unexpected consequences. Fundamentally, I believe the goal is a noble one, and the effort appears to be led by smart, thoughtful people of great integrity. Finding the right balance of trade-offs might well be impossible, not for lack of effort or good intentions, but because, well, we're human.

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The Experience of Mindfulness; Susan Reviews Thomas Joyner's New Book on the Mindfulness Movement

The most straightforward explanation for why inner work is not narcissistic is common sense: when someone becomes less neurotic and more discerning, those around him or her reap the benefits. Usually, when starting out, people look to self-compassion (and mindfulness) for stress reduction and emotional healing, in the hope that these practices will help them feel better. The exercise is mostly conceptual, as people investigate painful patterns and behaviors. It’s only later, when the investigative process couples with a more experiential one, that self-compassion is more likely to emerge. Compassion becomes an insight born of experience rather than an aspiration.

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Susan Kaiser Greenland
It Is Only Kindness That Makes Sense Anymore

In these overheated political moments where the rhetoric becomes incendiary, it is important to remember that if we fight fire with fire, we’ll all be consumed by the flames. Fire must instead be met by water, by waves that take the form of kindness and compassion and empathy. This is how we’ll be able to dial back the passions that are tearing us apart. To do otherwise will only turn up the heat and create a world that is uninhabitable.

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Susan Kaiser Greenland
A Parent's Roadmap To Wisdom and Compassion

The test of genuine compassion lies in our actions, not our mindsets. It’s easy to think kind thoughts, but acting with compassion is what matters, especially when we don't feel it. Parents get a lot of advice about how to help their kids manage hurt feelings, but not so much about how to manage their own. Mindfulness offers four insights that help parents navigate emotional ups and downs with wisdom and compassion.

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Pay Attention Even When it Hurts

Before speaking up, I remember two fundamental principles of mindfulness and compassion that are helpful at times like these; the one who responds to a conflict determines its course, not the one who starts it; and, pay attention even when it hurts.

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Mindful and in the Pink - Seth Greenland

I step back, take a hard look at the facts, and recognize that while the situation may be annoying today, and – I don’t kid myself – could get worse before it gets better, I know that I have to remain calm in order to deal with it and to get on with the other things that make up my life.

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A Quiet, Joyful Noise

Like the chewy chocolate center of a Tootsie Pop, there are peaceful moments of joy and connection hidden inside festive, yet sometimes hectic, family activities.

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A Gratitude Walk

You don’t have to be outside to take a gratitude walk; you can ground yourself by walking slowly and deliberately anywhere, even upstairs at your in-law's house.

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