ERIC Number: ED431578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Chasing the Buddha: Bringing Meditation to Experiential Education.
The field of experiential education can be enhanced through the use of meditation. The vision statement of the Association for Experiential Education includes the aim of creating a just and compassionate world. This goal can be approached one person at a time by encouraging each individual in the field to become a just and compassionate person. Such a person must have the skills to cultivate peace of mind--skills provided through the ancient tool of meditation. Meditation may be defined as the effort to pay attention, intentionally and nonjudgmentally, to the experience of the present moment and to sustain this attention over time. One form of meditation, mindfulness meditation, has no religious or ideological connotations and has the primary goal of bringing understanding into one's own thoughts and actions through a calm and focused mind. Formal and informal techniques of mindfulness meditation are briefly described. Meditation has clear health benefits related to stress reduction and has been recommended as an adjunct to or substitute for psychotherapy. Recently, meditation has been integrated into experiential education in the classroom and field. Meditation practice has increased student engagement and decreased boredom, thereby optimizing arousal and information acquisition, and has expanded students' self-awareness. (SV)
Descriptors: Attention Control, Experiential Learning, Learning Readiness, Meditation, Metacognition, Self Management, Stress Management
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO.