Number 49


In this issue…



         Educators Retreat

                   Happy Educators Change the World



Befriending Music

The following post on the Mindfulness in Education Network’s listserv by my friend Susanne Olbrich set me thinking:

I've been piloting my new "Mindfulness for Musicians" course with music students at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). As the course is ending soon, would anyone have some recommendations for apps for young adults? I'm aware of the Koru app which I will recommend to them, but there might be other apps to help them continue their mindfulness practice.

I wondered whether there might be a mindfulness practice to recommend to young musicians that was particularly relevant to them. I came up with: Befriending Music, a practice inspired by art history professor Jody Ziegler (see Mindfulness in Education 101 in Newsletter #22 on the Minding Your Life Resources page). To introduce this practice to students, I’d first ask them to read the story of The Little Prince and the Fox. In it the Fox tells the Little Prince that in order to befriend him, he must first tame him. This requires honoring a commitment to regular visits. Go on to suggest students tame a short a short piece of music they love by making a commitment to listening to it or playing it at the same time of day, perhaps every day, perhaps on the same day each week.

This quote of Pablo Casals was also an inspiration:

For the past eighty years, I’ve started each day in the same manner.  It is not a mechanical routine but something essential to my daily life.  I go to the piano, and I play two preludes and fugues of Bach.  I cannot think of doing otherwise.  It is a sort of benediction on the house.  But that is not its only meaning for me.  It is a rediscovery of the world of which I have the joy of being a part.  It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human being. 

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a music or art history teacher. The closest thing to this practice I’ve done was to begin every one of my high school math classes with five minutes of contemplative practice during my last two years of teaching.                       




Educators Retreat


Wednesday to Sunday, June 26 - 30, 2019

Morning Sun Community

Alstead, NH

This retreat will be of interest to educators, counselors, and administrators.


Happy Educators Change the World

Saturday to Saturday, July 20 – July 27, 2019

Centro Avalokita

Castelli, Italy

This retreat will be of interest to educators, counselors, and administrators.