Continuing research is showing that mindful practices can have a tremendous impact on physical and mental wellbeing - both for adults and children. Mindfulness is a key support for optimal learning and protects a student’s’ developing brain from the harmful effects of stress and trauma. It also cultivates greater self-awareness and an expanded awareness of others and the world.

The following mindfulness practices and activities are used in our Core Program. Descriptions for each can be found in the 2015 Open Circle Curriculum under "Mindfulness Practices and Activities":

  • Calm Breathing Techniques
  • Pause Button (with or without chime)
  • Partner Reflections
  • Chair Yoga
  • 3-Minute Breathing Space
  • Walking Meditation
  • What Color Are Your Feelings? Activity


Mindfulness Literature for Children

View a list of children's books connected to mindfulness.


Mindfulness Literature for Adults

  • 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day, Donald Altman, M.A., LPC
  • The Here and Now Habit, Hugh G. Byrne, Ph.D.
  • The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule, Matt Tenney


Integrating Mindfulness into SEL

- View our presentation slides

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