MINDING YOUR LIFE NEWSLETTER

Number 51


In this issue…


Educators Retreat (USA - paused)

Happy Educators Change the World (Italy - tentative)

Happy Teachers Will Change the World (USA - tentative)


Happiness

The happiness Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare refer to in their exceptional guide for cultivating mindfulness in education—Happy Teachers Change the World is not a state, a transitory emotion. It’s a trait, an enduring way of being. Students respond differently to happy teachers and the world changes. All of us respond differently to happy people. Happiness in others evokes our happiness.

There’s an intimate connection between mindfulness and happiness. As teachers become more mindful, they become more aware of sources of happiness, even in the midst of a pandemic. They appreciate life’s slower pace and its quiet, the clearer air with less pollution. People greet each other. They also become more aware of impediments to their happiness—habits of rushing through meals not tasting the food, consuming too much news, dwelling on judgmental thoughts.

With mindfulness, teachers are better able to focus on gratitude. They become more aware of detrimental habits and can begin to address them. And, most significantly, they develop deeper connections with themselves and others, solid foundations on which happiness can reside.


Events


Caring for the Present Moment: A Mindfulness Series for Educators

Fridays: May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, 2020 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT

Zoom or YouTube livestream

This webinar series will be of interest to educators, counselors, administrators, and parents.


Educators Retreat (paused)

Wednesday to Sunday, July 1 – 5, 2020

Morning Sun Mindfulness Center

Alstead, NH

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


Happy Educators Change the World (tentative, details forthcoming)

Saturday to Saturday, July 18 - 25, 2020

Centro Avalokita

Castelli, Italy

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


Happy Teachers Will Change the World (tentative)

Wednesday to Sunday, August 12 - 16, 2020

Blue Cliff Monastery

Pine Bush, NY

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