Written by an experienced school and meditation teacher, this book is packed with tried and tested mindfulness exercises and relevant follow-up wellbeing, pastoral and academic activities for anyone working with young people. It includes discussions about education and wellbeing, anecdotes from real life experience, numerous testimonies from students and teachers, as well as easy-to follow instructions and plenty of useful in-depth explanations. All activities in this book link to variety of school subjects, including science, maths, philosophy, music, art and sport.
Divided into two parts, the book explores:
This book is an invaluable resource for secondary teachers, youth workers and parents and can be used in classrooms, pastoral offices, youth clubs or at home.
"This is an applied book concerned with promoting mental wellbeing and emotional health in the classroom, for teachers as well as for students. This is an applied book rooted in ancient and timeless wisdom, refined in the caves and on the mountains of antiquity, and honed in busy and noisy urban environments and in the real life of contemporary classrooms. This is a book about mindfulness that could make a real difference to the way in which teachers and students experience life in the classroom."
- Leslie J Francis, Professor of Religions and Education, University of Warwick
"I totally endorse and support inspiration for children about which Billie writes, which is so needed in this world with so many machines that children are attracted to. We need to help to balance through being in nature, meditations, simple conversations around the dining room table with family, and everything that removes us from the electronic age for a time so that we can be. We need to balance with simple living and simple learning. Billie's book will help many parents and teachers, and is an important read."
- Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Yoga teacher
"A passionate call to remember what education should be: a journey where each child as a unique person is valued and allowed to find their path of development: where they can flourish and find joy. A reminder of educators’ responsibility to see education as more than facts and exam preparation - to see education as beauty, as the tools each child needs to guide their own learning. This book is a treasure box of ideas about the person, about education, and it generously shares with us dozens of meditation exercises that can help us and our children learn about ourselves and develop the empathy our world so desperately needs."
- Karem Roitman, lecturer, international development consultant and Director of Thinkers Meet Up
"This magnificent teachers handbook that instructs young people how to "BE" rather than how to "DO" is revolutionary to the educational system. The importance of this book cannot be overemphasized. With just enough personal story to make it relatable and easy to understand, one finds here the exact key to unlock the skills required of the next generation, as it is only in the stillness of meditation that one finds one’s muse. Creativity will be the principle power needed by our descendants to solve the problems of the future. This book by Billie Krstovic is an indispensable teaching tool."
- Elizabeth B. Jenkins, writer and spiritual teacher
PART ONE Introductory word for teachers How to use this book and what is inside What happened first? How I got to do this…. Why I wrote this book Young people and their self- and spiritual development Happiness in schools Why should they do nothing? Who is responsible? The role of beauty and positive narrative in young people’s development A short word about emotions Why is calling it Emotional Health better than Mental Health? What do students want in 21st Century? Behaviour in the classroom and well-being of students ‘Good Girl’, ‘Bad Boy’ Myths and other traps What about teachers? Can a stressed-out teacher spread happiness? About Mindfulness What Mindfulness is and what it isn’t - demystifying modern misconceptions About grounding - the magic ingredient for mindful life What is ‘grounding’? Why teachers need to have those tools? A few words for parents Gratitude Exercise Mindfulness, meditation and grounding at home PART TWO What is in the Part Two and how to use it? Mindfulness meditation in the classroom and logistics of implementation: group sizes, space, times to use it, length of exercises, space, environmental sounds, background music, safety and age of students PRACTICAL EXERCISES GROUNDING MEDITATIONS FOR POSITIVE SELF-PROGRAMMING LIST OF GROUNDING MEDITATIONS THREE ELECTRONIC MEDITATIONS FOR TEACHERS