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Source: adventuresinlearningMindfulness in the Classroom book series
Summery:Initially designed as stretching breaks between long periods of sitting meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements became so popular they’re now an integral part of his retreats. Based on yoga and tai chi movements, these simple, effective exercises reduce mental, physical, and emotional stress. The book Mindful Movements introduces the program to the general public. The ten routines are designed to be easily accessible and can be performed by people of all ages and all body types, whether they’re familiar with mindful practices or not. They can be done before or after sitting meditation, at home, at work, or any time the reader has a few minutes to refresh both mind and body. For those new to meditation, the exercises are an easy way to get acquainted with mindfulness as a complete, multifaceted practice. For current practitioners, the movements add a welcome physical element to a sitting meditation practice.
-Adventures in Learning
- 3 days ago
Source: libertariancontrarianTwo ideas are very much in my mind. For one of them, I’ve drawn very heavily on the thought of writer Ivan Illich. (His work appears in the New York Review of Books. cf. “Why We Must Abolish Schooling,” 2 July 1970, pp. 9-15.) lllich says we must deschool society. My own way of putting it, which is not very different, but tactically helpful, is to say that we must dissolve the schools back into society. They seem to me to have precipitated or congealed—a little like a lump in a cream-of-wheat—and the thing we have to do is stir them back into the mix, so to speak. (I was once asked “Why spend all this time talking about improving the schools? We ought to close them down.” I said, “No, no, that’s not quite the way to put it—we ought to open them up.”)One of the things I’ve learned in part from Illich—and in part from other sources; Paul Goodman has also been a great influence on my thinking—is that very recently in historical time, mostly within the past century, and mostly with—in the past half century, our society and, with,the possible exception of Tanzania, every country in the world, has done a most remarkable thing. We have locked up learning in schools. To put it another way, we have defined education (or learning) as schooling. We have decided as a matter of social policy to measure people’s education, their learning, their competence, and their job-worthiness almost entirely in terms of the amount and the fanciness of schooling that they’ve been able to consume. And every country in the world, as I’ve said, with the possible exception of Tanzania, because they’re too poor to do it, has taken this step. It is a disaster.
~ John Holt
- 4 days ago