Sadhbh O`Dwyer

Report
We can’t stop the waves
but we can teach you to
surf
Mindfulness for students with dyslexia and mental
health needs
Sadhbh “Saive” O’Dwyer ([email protected])
Overview
1. What is mindfulness?
2. How do we practise
mindfulness?
3. How can we apply it to our
work?
Definition of mindfulnesss mindfulness?
“Paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment and non
judgementally.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Focus is on your current state: body, breath
Focusing (Buddhist tradition)
Thich Nhat Hahn
Buddhist principles
(Mahayana Buddhism 8-fold path)
Mindfulness to be found in other
major contemplative religions
Mindfulness of a raisin
Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Exercise
Hold this moment in awareness and
feel yourself breathing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
D5Fa50oj45s
Mindful principles = ADSHE principles
Acceptance
Metacognition
Curiosity
Relevance
Beginner’s mind
Overlearning
Kindness
Modelling
Let go
Multi-sensory
Non-judgmental
Motivation
Patience
Little and Often
Non-striving
Criticality (not judgement)
“A critique is not a matter of saying
that things are not right as they are.
It is a matter of pointing out on
what kinds of assumptions, what
kinds of familiar, unchallenged,
unconsidered modes of thought
the practices that we accept rest.”
(Michel Foucault)
Mindmapping and mindfulness
Useful information
http://oxfordmindfulness.org/
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/
http://plumvillage.org/
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/mindfulness-for-dummies-cheat-sheet-ukedition.html
Foucault, M. (19880 “Practicing Criticism,” in Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other
Writings 1977-1984, edited by Lawrence D. Kritzman, translated by Alan Sheridan and others,
New York, 1988, pp. 154-55.
Gendlin, E.T. (2003) Focusing How to Gain Direct Access to your Body’s Knowledge. Rider:
London.
Hanh, T. N. (1991) The Miracle of Mindfulness. Rider: London.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013) Full Catastrophe Living How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness using
mindfulness meditation. Piatkus: London.
Vessantara (2005) The Breath (Art of Meditation). Windhorse: Birmingham.
Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z. and Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007) The Mindful Way through
Depression Freeing yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. Guildford Press: London.

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