KNOWING YOUR “WHY”: The ability to know and articulate your why or intention to teach mindfulness will guide what you think, say and do. Beginning a conversation about mindfulness with your student(s) can be as easy as asking if anyone has ever heard of it and/or know what it means. Your why can become a story to share about what mindfulness is, how it has helped you and hopefully how it may be helpful for them.
BE AUTHENTIC: Before teaching a mindfulness practice to students, educators must first be willing to demonstrate and embody the foundational qualities of mindful awareness in themselves. As we are all human, there will be times your students will see you struggle to be cool, calm and collected. A part of how you “teach” them to be mindful is by allowing your personal growth with the practice (and your struggles to achieve it) to be on display and be modeled right in front of them. Being authentic can lead to deeper relationships with your students as well as many teachable moments.
REMEMBER: To develop, refresh or deepen your own practice, consider participating in our fall community retreat, and save the date for our 2020 two-day summer workshop, Teaching Mindfulness to Youth.