Stacy Colino US News: In recent years, mindfulness meditation has garnered loads of attention for its beneficial effects on the body and mind. Now, there's a new star on the block: compassion meditation, a less well-known but increasingly popular contemplative practice that aims to strengthen feelings of compassion and empathy toward different people (both those you care about and those who are difficult).
"It's deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy, which has taught us a lot about how people are connected and what is the purpose of our existence," explains Stefan G. Hofmann, a professor of psychology in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University. "Compassion is the fundamental idea at the root of Buddhist philosophy – if life is suffering and we can't avoid it, we need to embrace it and be compassionate toward the suffering of others. It brings us closer to others."
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Imagine how life in your school would be transformed if you and your teachers practised compassion meditation. Some of the effects of a regular practice would be less stress, less sickness as well as less anger and reactivity. Many school leaders are now realising that the only way to transform our education system is from within. More compassionate teachers will have a beneficial effect on the pupils as well as spreading out into life beyond school.
At Happy Teachers we know how busy school life is so one of our experienced meditation teachers will come and arrange a course tailored to your needs. We also appreciate that school budgets are tight but the money you will save on recruitment fees and supply cover means you cannot afford not to! Contact us today to arrange a consultation.
Unless you've been in outer space for the last week you will have heard the news that the government intend to 'force' all schools to become academies by 2020. I am not going to get involved with any political debate or say whether this is a good or bad thing. There has been a lot in the news and on social media saying more teachers will leave, schools will be employing unqualified teachers and amongst other reactions.
So where does that leave you? The general consensus seems to be that don't have a choice. We always have a choice. We may not be able to control what the government (or anyone else)does but we can choose our response. I have worked in over 40 schools - primary, secondary, 6th forms, academies, free schools, independent schools as well as maintained schools. In each sector there are 'successful' and 'failing' schools. When I am inside a school the type doesn't make a lot of difference to my experience. The biggest factor affecting the ethos of the school is the leadership.
Several years ago when one of my local schools became one of the first academies with a shiny new building I asked a friend who was working there what it was like. 'New building but still the same kids and teachers,' was her response. What is yours?
We work with visionary head teachers and senior staff to help them stay focussed on their values and regardless of what is going on around them. Contact us today for a chat to see how we can help you.