Mindfulness in the Classroom and information on student/ adolescence benefits of mindfulness
- Meditation becoming more popular among teens
- Mindfulness in the Classroom-Vanderbilt University
- Transcendental Meditation Helps Students Cope with Adult-sized Stress
- Mindfulness training helps teens cope with stress and anxiety
- San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation
- Mindfulness in Education
Mindfulness in the news
William and Catherine Krame Co-founders, Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bill & Catherine Krame
Mindfulness, a purposeful way of focusing attention in the present moment, had been part of the Krame family lifestyle long before the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but the tragedy did help to crystallize the way in which William and Catherine Krame could use the approach to better serve the community.
“When the Sandy Hook massacre occurred, there was a huge shift for me,” Catherine says. “The shooting was on a Friday, and my daughter, who was writing something for school about bringing mindfulness into education, bounced ideas off me that [following] weekend.”
While debates raged in the U.S. over changes that needed to be made to prevent similar tragedies, it occurred to Catherine that incorporating mindfulness into education could help solve the problem of violence in schools.
“Teach children emotional resilience and how to cope, so that they don’t turn to violence – this is the change that has to come,” she says. “We have to bring more mindfulness to children.”
With that goal in mind, the Krames sought a location for a spiritual wellness center and soon discovered that Ramapo College – located near the couple’s home in Mahwah – was a willing collaborator. The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College was opened in 2014 to serve students, faculty and the community at large.
“For the past 15 years I’ve incorporated principles of mindfulness into my everyday life and my business,” says William, a real estate developer by vocation. “I’ve seen the benefits myself and wanted others to see the benefits of a mindful approach to living life.”
The stated mission of the Krame Center is to “support faculty, staff and students while serving the greater community as a distinctive center for learning and research in contemplative and mindfulness practices.” Toward that end, classes and programs – including a speaker series, weekly meditation sessions and an eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course – have been made available to the Ramapo community and the public.
The objective during the Krame Center’s first two years, William says, has been to “build a strong foundation to ensure the highest quality of programs.” The long-term goal, Catherine adds, is to introduce contemplative studies as part of the curriculum and, ultimately, a degree program.
“We are hoping to create a model that will be used across the country in other educational institutions,” she says.
– Joseph Ritacco, (201) Magazine.
Meditation: A Practical Way to Retrain Attention,by Daniel Goleman November 2013
New Yorker Magazine July 6, 2015
The Higher Life. A mindfulness guru for the tech set. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/the-higher-life
60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,”
Cooper states, “it’s rare that you do a story like this and find that it actually kind of changes your life.”
New York Times Business section
How the chief of Aetna is using meditation and mindfulness to reshape his company’s culture. -David Gelles
“The #1 Health Booster in 2015–Politicians, Children & Celebrities are Doing it–Shouldn’t You?”
Scientific American Magazine
“Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits” November 2014
Ramapo College Magazine Summer 2014
William and Catherine Krame have lived in Mahwah for 15 years, so when they started looking to build a spiritual center for mindfulness education, their search eventually led them to Ramapo College. “I’ve seen Ramapo grow from a small college into a major learning institution,” Bill Krame said. “What they’ve done is very impressive.”
The Krames made a generous donation toward creating the William and Catherine Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living. Krame, a real estate developer, said he and his wife have meditated daily for many years. Having a Type A personality, he said, he sees the benefits firsthand. “Mindfulness has finally been recognized by academics and the medical community as a way of coping and dealing with everyday problems and medical issues,” he said. “The whole concept is: You cannot alter the past and your future is unknown. All you can control is how you deal with the here and now.”
Krame’s vision for the school is long term, and ambitious. He believes Ramapo can become the leading institution on the East Coast for mindfulness education. Its physical location, beautiful facilities, commitment to the students and the surrounding community, and its focus on interdisciplinary education make Ramapo an ideal environment for expanding the study of mindfulness.
“Under the leadership of President Mercer and a fully engaged and committed faculty,” Krame said, “we are very excited about this opportunity and the potential that exists to make a real difference in the world.”
“Changing the world, one person at a time.”
“Helping everyone reach their potential”
Bill Moyers’ Healing and the Mind
The first 45 minutes of Healing From Within features Jon’s MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)classes at the UMass Medical Center. It was produced and aired for the first time in 1993. Since then, over 40 million viewers have seen it. It is part of a five part PBS (Public Broadcasting System) series entitled Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.
For video click here.
Mindful Magazine research roundup
8 Weeks to a better brain by the Harvard Gazette
Mindfulness and Addiction: stop smoking website and app (as seen in Judson Brewer presentation)
Short Mindfulness Meditation Practice Links
Short Mindfulness Meditation Practices (courtesy of rutgers.edu)
Free Guided Meditations (courtesy of UCLA)
Self-compassion guided meditation and exercises
Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises
How to begin a meditation practice – why, where and how to meditate
“How to Meditate” by David Gelles of the New York Times Well Section
How to meditate by Tara Brach
How to Meditate by Tara Brach
Apps for iPhone and most for Android, most free
Stop, Breathe & Think
Meditation Timer Pro
Take a Break
Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning by Daniel Barbezat & Mirabai Bush
Contemplative Pedagogy: The Special Role of Teaching and Learning Center by Daniel Barbezat & Allison Pingree
Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan Smalley and Diane Winston
Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment – and Your Life By Jon Kabat-Zinn
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment by B. Alan Wallace
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Guanaratana
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times By Pema Chodron
The Untethered Soul By Michael Singer
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel J. Siegel
The Contemplative Life and the Teaching of the Humanities by Brian Stock
The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Arthur Zajonc & Parker Palmer
The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer
The Contemplative Practitioner: Meditation in Education and the Professions by John P. Miller
Radical Presence: Teaching as Contemplative Practice by Mary Rose O’Reilley
Burggraf, Susan & Peter Grossenbacher. Contemplative Modes of Inquiry in Liberal Arts Education.
LiberalArtsOnline, June 2007.
Bush, Mirabai. (2010). Contemplative Higher Education in Contemporary America. See also Mirabai Bush,
“Contemplative Higher Education in Contemporary Life,” Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live, pp. 221-36. 2011.
Bush, Mirabai. (2013). “Mindfulness in Higher Education,” in Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning,
Origins and Applications. London: Routledge.
Coburn, Thomas; Fran Grace; Anne Carolyn Klein; Louis Komjathy; Harold Roth & Judith Simmer-Brown. (2011).
Contemplative Pedagogy: Frequently Asked Questions. Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 14, No. 2, April 2011, 167-174.
Craig, Barbara A. (2011). Contemplative Practice in Higher Education: An Assessment of the Contemplative
Practice Fellowship Program. Northampton, MA: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
Gunnlaugson, O., Sarath, E., Scott, C., & Bai, H. (Eds.). (2014). Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across
Disciplines. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Kroll, Keith. (Ed.). (2010). Contemplative Teaching and Learning: New Directions for Community Colleges, 151.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Sanders, Linda A., Ed. (2013) Contemplative Studies in Higher Education: New Directions for Teaching and
Learning, No. 134, Summer 2013.
Shapiro, Shauna L.; Kirk Warren Brown & John A. Astin. (2008). Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher
Education: A Review of Research. Edited by Maia Duerr. Northampton, MA: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
This paper was later revised and published as Shapiro, Shauna, Kirk Warren Brown and John A. Austin, “Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research Evidence,” Teachers College Record, 113:3 (2011), p. 493-528.
James E. Groccia and Laura Cruz (Eds.), To Improve the Academy, 31, 177-191. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-
Buddhist Economics by E.F. Schumacher on Right Livelihood
Above list courtesy of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (partial list)
Links for Educators
To get students to focus, some professors are asking them to close their eyes by Andrew Reiner, Washington Post April 2016
Mindful Learning Pathway
The Krame Center offers a pathway of activities that can help you develop your own practice and then develop pedagogy to bring mindfulness into your classroom.
Mindfulness for Teachers
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-Week Course
6 months of practice 20 minutes a day
.b mindfulness teacher curriculum training
July 2017 Mindfulness In Schools Project (MiSP)
Weekly meditations both day and evening at the Krame Center
Children’s Yoga certification (pre-k to 17 years old)
Krame Center Speaker Series
Free Introduction to Mindfulness class
Mindfulness classes to ‘help teenagers’ mental fitness’ by Smitha Mundasad, BCC July 2015
When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom by Lauren Cassani Davis, The Atlantic August 2015
Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey