ERIC Number: EJ1132689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring "Shunyata" (Emptiness) and the Cultivation of Mindfulness Practices: Educators Finding Their Zero-Point Balance
Bliss, S. A.
Childhood Education, v93 n2 p114-118 2017
Drawing from the conceptual framework of "shunyata" (emptiness), this article elucidates mindfulness practices and detachment from identity labels, offering a turn toward educators' and students' well-being. With a call for educators to consider a personal mindfulness practice prior to implementing techniques with children, the author provides an example of a breathing sequence and suggestions about when and how to implement these practices. As postmodern classrooms are often filled with uncertainty, such mindfulness practices can promote educators' well-being through the reduction of reactivity, the acceptance of self and others, and the enhancement of creativity. As educators enhance their own well-being, they will, in turn, subtly affect students and the education environment.
Descriptors: Metacognition, Perception, Attention Control, Well Being, Teaching Methods, Relaxation Training, Physiology, Creativity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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