Despite our best intentions, the holidays can be demanding . . .
. . . so it’s probably not surprising that levels of anxiety, stress, and depression tend to ramp up around this time of year.
Now imagine living at a high level of stress year round (and trying to learn at the same time). For many of the
kids attending public schools, especially in the inner cities, it’s largely become a way of life.
But mindfulness could change that.
No, it can’t cure poverty, but it can transform the brain, and it can help with self-regulation.
So what if we could bring mindfulness into schools and teach it to children while they’re young?
Tara Brach, PhD, told me about a special project doing just that. It is designed to equip students with tools that can help them face a lifetime of challenges and difficult emotions . . .
. . . so they can reduce the anxiety and stress in their lives . . .
. . . and improve their chances for success.
A few days ago, I told you we’d be choosing a charity that will receive half of the proceeds from our Holiday Special.
This year, we will give one half of everything we take in, between now and Tuesday, to that special project.
It’s called Minds, Inc., and it’s a new non-profit organization that is currently working with schools and communities in poverty-stricken Washington, DC, areas to teach mindfulness skills to students, teachers, and parents.
This year, we’re offering the Making Mindfulness Work webinar series at a discounted price as our Holiday Special. And half of everything we take in will be given to Minds, Inc.
Here’s a look at what’s included in this special:
- Dan Siegel, MD – The Neurobiology of Mindfulness: How Being Present Can Change the Brain
- Jack Kornfield, PhD – Shifting Focus Through Mindfulness: How to Grow Love and Compassion out of the Seeds of Suffering
- Tara Brach, PhD – Mindfulness and the Gateways to Refuge: Finding the True Self
- Ram Dass, PhD – How to Help People Connect to Loving Awareness: Expanding Our Capacity to Give and Receive Unconditional Love
- Marsha Linehan, PhD – Dialectical Behavior Therapy – A New Approach to Treating Distressing Emotions
- Joan Halifax, PhD – Deconstructing Death: Using Mindfulness to Manage Life’s Ultimate Transition
And these three bonus webinars:
- Mark Epstein, MD – Meditation and Psychotherapy: A Dual Approach that Can Speed Healing
- Kelly McGonigal, PhD – Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity: How Mindfulness Can Boost Willpower, Awaken Compassion, and Change the Brain
- Kristin Neff, PhD – Practicing Kindness Toward Oneself: Mindfulness and the Science of Self-Compassion
Last year, we were gratified to be able to donate $46,000 to the One Acre Fund. But we want to beat that with this year’s Holiday Special.
Your support will help give kids the lifelong tools that can boost their learning, self-regulation, and compassion, and increase their chances of success.
If you’d like to know more about the kind of work that Minds, Inc. does, please check out this video from their October 2013 fundraiser (it’s just about 2 minutes).
And, tell me about your experience. What impact has mindfulness had in your life? Please leave a comment below.