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Languages understood:

English, French, Dutch

With which level of education are you involved?

Adult aducation

What discipline do you teach (mainly)?

Physics/science, mindfulness itself, meditation.

Does your school, college or faculty teach for a specific discipline or is the education more general?

General education (e.g. primary or secondary school)

Are you yourself working with pupils/students or are you otherwise involved in education, (e.g. educational policy)?

(mainly) teaching pupils/students

What kind of organisational relation do you have with your educational work?

Equally professional / important source of income and unpaid / volunteer work.

How many years is it since you first started your efforts to integrate mindfulness into your educational work?

6

On average, what age are the pupils/students with who you are working?

26 or older.

Can you describe briefly what you are doing with your pupils/students to integrate mindfulness in your educational work?

Well, first of all I teach mindfulness courses and give meditation training.
When I teach social skills, I tend to bring in moments of just being with your experience, body awareness, a body scan and a gentle moving towards mindfulness of the breathing.
The element of kindness towards yourself and others, an integral part of the practice of mindfulness, is also an element I try to bring out, using all kinds of exercises and practices.
When I teach computer skills to people - who very often have limitations (mental or emotional in the sense of having low self-confidence) -, there's the element of allowing more kindness towards themselves (starting with just giving the example where I am kind to their difficulties with learning), bringing them back to their current experience when they get nervous.

What is it that would be most helpful to you to (further) improve your work with integrating mindfulness in your educational work, besides deepening your own practice?

A wider acceptance of the benefits of mindfulness by colleagues and board of school.
Very often I do feel I still have to smuggle mindfulness into what I do, into my approach but I feel I can't be too explicit about introducing this into what I do.

Have you noticed or heard of any changes in the behaviour of your pupils/students?

Yes

What is the nature of the changes you have noticed in the behaviour of your pupils/students?

They put less pressure on themselves, they enjoy much more what we do during the lessons. A more positive attitude towards themselves but also towards the others in the same group.

What is the base of the mindfulness practise you are using in your educational work?

Buddhist based.