Hello! As the first day of my new course with Mindful Schools is about to begin, I'm finally finishing off my review of the first course that I began with their organization about 6 months ago. If you'd like to read the rest of the series of posts, check out the following links:
Mindfulness Fundamentals @ Mindful Schools - Intro
Mindfulness Fundamentals @ Mindful Schools - Week 1
Mindfulness Fundamentals @ Mindful Schools - Week 2
Mindfulness Fundamentals @ Mindful Schools - Week 3
Mindfulness Fundamentals @ Mindful Schools - Week 4
Mindfulness Fundamentals @ Mindful Schools - Week 5
The topic of the final week of study in the Mindfulness Fundamentals course was "Everyday Mindfulness". We looked at ways to reinforce our daily sitting practice and to make it a part of our everyday lives.
I'm just now finishing my first year of regular sitting meditation practice, so it's a really appropriate time to reflect on the topic that we covered during this week of the course. It's been a busy year getting used to being a father, finishing my MEd, taking on a new leadership role in my school, and preparing to begin doctoral studies in the fall, and it has been a real challenge at times carving out the time to sit each day. Thankfully, with only a few scattered exceptions, I've managed to practice each day.
One of the great tips included in the Mindfulness Fundamentals curriculum during week 6 was the reminder that daily sitting time can be split up into smaller portions. Although I personally find it much better practice to sit for 20 minutes or more at a time, I often find myself challenged to set aside that much time.
In order to maintain my practice, I've had to incorporate mindfulness throughout my day.
Although I usually only spend about 20 minutes per day in formal sitting meditation, I feel that I've really gained a lot from trying to be mindful throughout the day. It's helped me to keep my cool during a really busy time in my life!
My experience during the six weeks of the Mindfulness Fundamentals course provided my Mindful Schools was very profound and uplifting. It really helped to cement the practice that I began just before the birth of my son. I was so impressed that I've signed on for the Mindfulness Educator Essentials course that provides training in providing mindfulness instruction to youth. I hope that it will help me to learn how to share mindfulness with my son one day, and maybe with the students that I serve.
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 18 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.