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MINDFULNESS


This section includes motivational quotes and links to information on healthy interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, positive coping strategies, and self-care.

This video was taken from the www.mindfulnessforteens.com website.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness means to pay attention in a particular way, “on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Research shows many benefits to mindfulness practice. It can help us to reduce levels of anxiety, improve our social relationships and sense of well being, and it can be a life-saver in moments of acute stress and feelings of despair.

While the benefits of mindfulness for adults have been recognized for a longer period of time, the benefits of mindfulness for children and adolescents are now being recognized.

Mindfulness is both a practice and a state of being, so it can be practiced at any time. Here is a list of resources that can help you explore the wonderful world of mindfulness:

MINDFULNESS RESOURCES

WEBSITES
  • Association for Mindfulness in Education

    A collaborative association of organizations and individuals working together to provide support for mindfulness training as a component of K-12 education.

  • Be Mindful

    UK-based website that includes general information, a stress test, and online mindfulness course.

  • Benson Henry Institute

    MGH’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

  • Center for Adolescent Studies

    Website that offers trainings for professionals in all disciplines, in mindfulness and building authentic relationships with adolescents.

  • Center for Mindful Learning

    This organization’s vision is to build a mindfulness-based educational system that produces powerful, just, selfless leaders.

  • Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

    Based at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, this center is dedicated to integrating mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and health care.

  • Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education

    Inspired by the Dalai Lama, and operating in a non-sectarian framework, this center has as its mission “to educate the hearts of children by informing, inspiring and engaging the communities around them.”

  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Healthy Living Toolkit

    Toolkit for youth and families, with practical information on healthy sleeping, eating, exercise, and stress management.

  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, mindfulness page

    Contains a lot of information and resources on mindfulness for youths.

  • Learning 2 Breathe

    Resources related to Patricia Broderick’s Learning to Breathe mindfulness curriculum and book.

  • The Still Quiet Place

    Mindfulness resources from Dr. Amy Saltzman for parents, teens, teachers, and service providers.

  • Mind and Life Institute, Call to Care (C2C)

    “Call to Care aims to address the limited attention in our educational systems for cultivating care and compassion—what we might call the forgotten heart of education.”

  • Mindful Magazine

    A bimonthly magazine available in print and digital editions. The website features many informative articles and videos.

  • Mindful Schools

    This organization has as its mission to “lead the integration of mindfulness into education,” through training courses and research.

  • Mindfulness For Teens

    Outstanding website that provides information, tools, and resources to help you get started in the practice of mindfulness.

  • Mindfulness in Education Network

    A network whose purpose is to “facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.”

  • Mindfulness Without Borders

    This organization provides “educational programs in mindfulness-based social and emotional learning that help individuals to flourish socially, emotionally, academically and professionally.”

  • MindUp

    A school-based curriculum that teaches social-emotional and mindfulness-based learning skills in the classroom.

  • Stressed Teens

    Online trainings and resources for parents, professionals, and teens.

  • Susan Kaiser Greenland

    Great resource to find more about meditation for kids and teens.

  • Wake Up Schools

    Inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Watch the film, “Happy Teachers Will Change the World,” about “teachers learning mindfulness, true transformation and happiness.”

MOBILE APPS
  • Stop, Breathe, and Think: Free web and mobile app for youth, with meditations for mindfulness and compassion.
  • Calm.com: Free website and mobile app with guided meditation and relaxation exercises.
  • Insight Timer: Free mobile app with virtual “bells” to time and support your meditations.
  • MindShift: Free mobile app for teens developed by AnxietyBC, with mindfulness and other coping skills for anxiety.
  • Smiling Mind: Free mobile mindfulness app for young people, from Australia.
  • Headspace: “Meditation made simple.” This app has a free introductory period, after which it requires a paid subscription to continue to use.
MINDFULNESS BOOKS FOR TEENS
  • Gina M. Biegel, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress (Instant Help Books, 2009)
  • Joseph V. Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes, and Ann Bailey, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life (Instant Help, 2012)
  • Mark C. Purcell and Jason R. Murphy, Mindfulness for Teen Anger: A Workbook to Overcome Anger and Aggression Using MBSR and DBT Skills (Instant Help, 2014)
  • Christopher Willard, Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else (Instant Help, 2014)
  • Christopher Willard and Mitch Abblett, Growing Mindful: A Deck of Mindfulness Practices for All Ages (Growing Mindful Games, 2015). A deck of cards with short mindfulness practices to “cultivate mindfulness on the go.”
  • Dzung Vo MD, The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015)
GUIDED MINDFULNESS MEDITATION RECORDINGS
  • Amy Saltzman, MD, Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens (CD)
  • Gina Biegel, LMFT, Mindfulness for Teens: Meditation Practices to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being (CD, MP3)
  • Larry Rosen, MD. “The Buddha and the Fig Tree.” (CD, MP3)
  • Mindful.org’s “Audio Resources for Guided Meditations” collection: Online, free guided meditations.
  • http://mindfulnessforteens.com/guided-meditations/ - list of guided meditations.
  • https://soundcloud.com/susankaisergreenland - Link to Soundcloud’s guided meditations for kids/young adults/adolescents.
MINDFULNESS BOOKS FOR PARENTS, EDUCATORS, AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS:
  • Patricia C. Broderick, Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance (New Harbinger Publications, 2013)
  • Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson, The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014)
  • Sam Himelstein, A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013)
  • Susan Kaiser Greenland, The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate (Free Press, 2010)
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (rev. and updated ed.) (Bantam Books, 2013)
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—And Your Life (includes audio CD) (Sounds True, 2012)
  • Amy Saltzman, A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions (New Harbinger Publications, 2014)
  • Daniel Siegel, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2013)
  • Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Publications, 2010)
  • Meena Srinivasan, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom (Parallax, 2014)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Beacon Press, 1999)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices (Parallax Press, 2009)
  • Chris Willard, Child’s Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed (Parallax Press, 2010)
  • Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford Press, 2007)
SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Facebook: Like “The Mindful Teen” on Facebook to receive regular inspirational quotes, poems, and articles to help you keep your mindfulness practice fresh and alive.
  • Twitter: Follow The Mindful Teen (@TheMindfulTeen) for mindful tweets.
  • Other mindfulness and positive teen Twitter feeds: See the feeds that The Mindful Teen (@TheMindfulTeen) is following, and follow some of those. The more mindful feeds you have on Twitter, the more opportunities you’ll have to practice mindfulness!