Recent additions to the literature
Bach, D.J. and Alexander, J. 2015. Contemplative Approaches to Reading and Writing: Cultivating Choice, Connectedness, and Wholeheartedness in the Critical Humanities, The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry. 2, 1.
Ragoonaden, K. 2015. Mindful Teaching and Learning: Developing a Pedagogy of Well-Being. Lexington Books.
Schonert-Reichl, K.A. and Roeser, R.W. eds. 2016. Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research into Practice. New York: Springer.
Books and papers
Barbezat, D. P., and M. Bush. 2014. Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.
Lin, J., R. L. Oxford, and E. J. Brantmeier, eds. 2013. Re-Envisioning Higher Education: Embodied Pathways to Wisdom and Social Transformation. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Websites and institutions
Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education http://www.contemplativemind.org/programs/acmhe
Association for Mindfulness in Education http://www.mindfuleducation.org/
Barbezat, D. 2014. Contemplative Pedagogy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5iARQfWRZQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
Bush, M. 2010. Practice: The Core of Contemplative Education. http://www.contemplativemind.org/archives/1925.
Zajonc, A. 2013. The Heart of Education (http://vimeo.com/62676465). Keynote speech at the Mindfulness In Education conference. Cambridge, MA.
Short meditations (recorded by Caroline Barratt)
3 Minute Breathing Space
This short practice is perfect for taking a few minutes out of a busy day and regaining composure. It is taken from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course specifically from Williams and Penman (2011) see here for more information. This can be done during the day, you don’t even need to be seated or to close your eyes – perhaps while waiting for the kettle to boil!
10 Minute Breath Awareness Practice
10 Minute Body Scan
These are slightly longer practices – you need to be comfortably seated (or possibly lying for the body scan) and ideally to close your eyes. Allow at least 15 minutes so that you don’t have to end the practices too quickly. Take your time.
5 Minute Loving Kindness Practice
10 Minute Loving Kindness Practice (for one’s self)
These loving kindess practices help to put us in touch with a sense of well wishing and compassion for ourselves and others. The short practice is focuses only one’s self. These should be done in a safe, comfortable place usually seated upright but relaxed, eyes closed. These practices are informed by traditional Buddhist practice and specifically the guidance of Halifax (2011) and Gilbert and Choden (2013)
Gilbert, P. and Choden 2013. Mindful Compassion: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Transform our Lives. Robinson.
Halifax, J. 2011. Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Shambhala Publications.
Williams, M. and Penman, D.D. 2011. Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. London: Piatkus.