Mindfulness Meditation for Teachers
The profound responsibilities and stresses of being a pedagogue uniquely position teachers to benefit from the secular practice of mindfulness meditation and to actuate those benefits in service to their students’ learning and well-being.
That said, the principal aim of traditional shamatha or “peaceful abiding” meditation is not stress reduction per se, though stress reduction is one of its empirically demonstrated outcomes. The principal aim of meditation, moreover, is not to decrease anxiety, depression, emotional reactivity, job burnout, cognitive decline, cell aging, psychological pain, or addiction; nor is its principal aim to improve mood, empathic response, working memory, cognitive flexibility, and focus, or to increase positive emotions, heart health, immune response, and relationship satisfaction—though these, too, are some of its empirically demonstrated outcomes. The deeper point is that meditation helps our inherent, human dignity and compassion shine through and extend to our students.
Our practice of meditation, therefore, helps foster student well-being. Dr. Daniel R. Siakel, an internationally certified meditation instructor and practitioner of over six years, will lead a guided practice.