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.