Differentiated Mindfulness


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Differentiated Mindfulness


Mindfulness practices bring out the natural innate qualities that are already within us! You were born
with positive virtues, aspirations, and knowledge that you already came into this world with! How
do we nurture and teach skill sets based on these natural abilities in order to develop the full potential
in all people? Not everybody learns or resonates to Mindfulness and meditation in the same way.  
The concepts of silence and stillness can be deeply felt in differentiated ways and experienced through
several proven modalities.  Mindfulness does not mean you have to try to be someone different. It is about
opening awareness to all of the senses to look, see, feel and hear each moment deeply. Breathfulness
+ heartfulness + soundfulness + soulfulness = Mindfulness. These resource pages are here to guide you,
offering concepts,  ideas, ways to practice, and mindful thoughts to share and teach each other!

Workshop Description


Workshop Description


DIFFERENTIATED MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR BETTER CLASSROOM LEARNING

An experiential and fun introductory workshop on differentiated practices for the teaching of Mindfulness


PROGRAM GOALS:                    

To learn very accessible methods to practice and teach, with break out groups to try each out. Focusing on basic tenets of Mindful
breathing, seeing, listening, speaking, vibrating and teaching.  These can be customized for lower, middle and upper divisions,
and have associated activities and practices that you and your students, families, friends can do in the classroom or at home.
 

OUTCOMES:

Participants will leave this workshop with new approaches; day-to-day practices, and a deeper understanding through experiential
methods, of how to reduce stress and anxiety, generate true feelings of compassion and positive aspirations for themselves and others.
Through becoming aware of, awakening and activating their own energy flow they empower themselves with the ability to teach this to
students. They start to see deeply, they awaken their 'Sound Body'. Workshop resources include access to creative visualizations,
written works, audio recordings and apps with beautifully relaxing sound tools to use in mindfulness meditation sessions.  They will be
more confident with both their understanding and tool belt resources for each division level. Links to active peer groups for staying
connected to a network of professionals in the field doing similar work will also be provided.

Benefits of Mindfulness


Benefits of Mindfulness


THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS PRACTICES:

WHAT:    Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of each present moment and understanding your relation to those moments

HOW:      Through practicing basic meditations of breathing, listening, visualizing one creates calm, joy, compassion for self and others

FOR:        These practices have proven effective for all ages of students, teachers, staff, and parents within our global communities

 

RESULTS:  

Reduction of stress, anxiety, worry

Enhances sleep and creates opportunities for restful pauses

Ability to be less reactive over time when faced with adverse situations

Increased clarity in decision making and problem solving

Improved motivation and aspirations

Enables new approaches and insight

Deepens understanding of physical and personal relationships

Creates tools to foster better interactions with others

Promotes kindness in speech, listening and actions

Allows for more approaches to congeniality within teams and workplaces

Teaches understanding of interconnectivity and interbeing 

Areas of Focus


Areas of Focus


Areas of Focus Include:

  • Mindfulness meditation, Relaxation and Conscious Breathing, Experiencing Stillness
  • Generating Awareness through Seeing and Being In The Moment
  • Awakening Your Sound Body Through the Use of Sound Tools and Vocal Toning
  • Listening, Speaking and Visualizing Through Storytelling and Symbology
  • Working With Positive Energy and Affirmations
  • Transforming Negative Emotions Through Compassion Circles 
  • Zen Motion, The Use of Mindfulness In Walking, Motion, Sports Focus and Preparation
  • Mindful Leadership and Connectivity through Interactive Media and App Technology

Workshop Syllabus


Workshop Syllabus


Depending on the needs of the group as whole and available time, we may focus deeper or less deeply on on any one aspect.  
Should this occur, or if you would like more in depth knowledge or clarity pertaining to any practices please feel free
to reach out. I always offer follow up included in each workshop: Contact me at daniel@meditationdj.com

Please also use this link in bold below to open my main website for further resources, it will open up in a new window so you can remain in this
password protected page.  You will find here Current Articles, related Science and Research Concepts,  under the Pedagogy section as well as
music, guided and poetic meditations, visualizations, storytellings and links to Mindfulness and Meditation communities where you can
participate and share ideas.
Meditation DJ Resource Pages

If you have an iPhone or iPad, please go to this next link, copy the URL to your device, or just open it on your device and download Meditation
DJ App.  We use it during part of the workshop.  It is free, a beta version, and is really fun to use at home or in the classroom to create
beautiful ambient sound. These are actually many sounds I use to compose with, they are my musical instruments, so it is a curated collection.
Link to the App is here

For those of you who enjoy participating in Facebook groups, my college Vanessa and I curate a non-commercial group called Mindful Sync.  We are continuously posting relevant and current articles on Mindfulness, Meditation and related topics.  Please feel free to join, post, discuss, participate.
The link is here:
Mindful Sync Facebook Group


SYLLABUS:

INTRODUCTION:   This is a differentiated approach to the teaching of Mindfulness practices.  
We use basic tenets of Breathing, Seeing, Listening, Speaking, Vibrating, Teaching

SUMMARY: 

Breath is something we do naturally and its practice brings nutrients to your body. Diaphragmatic, or belly breathing, and conscious intent breathing are great de-stressors! Breath can also be used as a conduit in an integrated way with image, imagination, sound and vibration. This combination helps to bring out the positive virtues that one innately comes into life with - compassion, heart, unconditional love. When approached with proper intent these integrations open new doors and windows as individual or group entry points for the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.  By practicing these differentiated approaches and methods you gain new insights and tools to benefit your own practice and to help others. 

We start with conscious breathing, realizing energy flow, creating healing and positive intent; work with visualizations to help transform emotions. You can use media and technology to accompany and create play with sounds and images and that can transform a physical space or ones inner mind in positive ways. To go deeper next we awaken our Sound Bodies through toning, our natural given instrument, as well as beautiful sound tools like tuning forks and Tibetan Bowls, crystal bowls, ocarinas, didjeridu, chimes. These tools are powerful 'Sacred Sounds' that can have positive vibratory physcho acoustical affect, felt all the way through our cellular structure and central nervous system, entraining our mind. We experience the stillness in between sounds doing giving and receiving.  Then we can also combine deep listening and seeing with In The Moment breathing using our in and out breath to generate calming of mind. Visual and thought flow can be practiced through Blue flower and Waterfall Dreaming Meditations.  Please allow yourself some time to experience and experiment, enjoy!

OPENING:   Our first moments of stillness, entrainment, recognizing patterns of thought,
slowing down

BREATHING: Awareness of breath, using your mind and intent to direct the flow of breathing, conscious breathing for healing,
grounding and focus. We explore generating energy, and we offer practices encompassing simple breathing exercises to restore, detect and
break up blockages, relax, calm, and enhance each moment. The breath can be used to open passages within your body to bring about wellness.  
There are times you can go without water and food or sleep, but not without breath!  Mindfulness allows us to feel the natural joy in breathing.  

Awakening prana
Diaphragmatic breathing
Generating positive energy fields
Breath wind clearing space
Opening the breath canal
Stillness breathing
Conscious breathing
Clarity of thoughts
Transforming Emotions

SEEING: Awareness of sight, to see beyond objects and discover their true nature, one experiences inter-being.  If each moment is
viewed in a non-judgmental manner it allows that which is illusion to flow past and your focus begins to calm.  Sight and thoughts are like
rivers within you.  At first they rush, like a waterfall but with practice they become still, like an ocean with no waves. It is in these moments of
stillness that you awaken your innate 'Buddha nature', feel joy and compassion, which connects you with all beings, to see the subtle magic
and wonder. The boundaries of self begin to dissolve and you start to connect deeply with that which is around you.  

Blue Flower Meditation
Calming visual chatter
Seeing beyond ordinary visual to details we may often miss or do not notice
Experiencing stillness of each moment
In the moment - Visualize breathing in and breathing out, imagining at the 'Waterfront'
Practice to be fully aware with recall of all senses
Seeing, hearing, taste, touch, aromatics, intuition, all leave memory imprints
Visualize breathing in and breathing out, imagining in the 'Dunes, Forrest, Lake, Mountain, City'

LISTENING:  Listening with the intent to say something back or listening to actually understand and have true compassion are different aspirations. One can cause suffering, the other, healing. To develop virtue in your ability to be there for others is the beginning step to unconditional love. Whether in negotiations, relationships, friendships or collaborations, those who truly listen with this intent can hear beneath the surface. Awareness
of listening focuses on the harmonies and rhythms of your body, mind and surroundings, creating holism and wellness.

Storytelling - Mindful Terminology
The Mindful Child stories
Creating our stories through visual symbology
Use of indigenous symbols depicting family, community, land
Mindful imagery - Butterfly, Hummingbird, Sun setting - image and word poetry
Mandalas in Storytelling
 

SPEAKING:  We use the elements of nature, inspiration of mind and body and true joy of being in each moment fully and with bliss
to express our beauty and feelings. Discover alternatives to falling into the trap of using your voice for purposes of mis-communication and
cynicism. Explore the power of your voice, compassion, and kindness, and allow yourself to say what you feel in a depersonalized way.
Healing for working teams, parent/child relationships, couples or inner conversation with the nature of your true being.

Affirmations
Aspirations & setting intent
Awakening our Sound Body
Toning
Sympathetic vibration of words, intent and sound
Waterfall Dreaming
Your Natural Self
Blue Lapis
The First Rays of The Sun

VIBRATING:  The world is sound.  By awakening our 'Sound Body', you become aware and can tune into your internal flow of life
energy, to recharge, revitalize!  Everything in the universe vibrates. Each cell, each molecule can deeply re-energize.  By using music and
sound tools that have unique acoustical qualities you resonate and create sublime states of calm, with profound effects. They entrain your
central nervous system. You re-align, attain deep relaxation, and are able to create healing imprints to enhance both sleep and waking
moments. 

Sound tools, Tuning forks, Crystal Bells, Tibetan Bowls, Meditation DJ App
Giving and receiving
Interactively experiment and play with sounds

ZEN MOTION:

Mindful Walking meditation
Creating and playing with positive energy fields to work with emotion
Transforming emotion
Painting rainbows
Zen arrow
Mindfulness in Sports motion and warm ups

TEACHING:  In closing, to teach contemplative practices of Mindfulness is truly a beautiful virtue. Whether receiving or giving, to understand and benefit from the lineage of these aspirations will deepen your understanding. By embedding this knowledge into your daily practices you gain wisdom. Knowledge in itself is subject to momentary accuracy.  Understanding of impermanence, separation of yourself from your thoughts, compassion and unconditional love, giving and receiving, will open your mind and create new clarity in its approach.  You begin to balance emotion, gain lifelong skills of true joy and share in the benefiting of others.

Closing Meditations 

Realizing Your Collective Aspirations
Sound Baths

Curricular Ties


In addition to Mindfulness as a skill set, which teaches compassion, unconditional love,
team-work, kindness, problem solving, deep listening, seeing beyond objects, perception,
intuition, and more, differentiated Mindfulness practices can tie in directly and integrate
into your other subject areas. Here are some examples, please help us identify others!

Curricular Ties


In addition to Mindfulness as a skill set, which teaches compassion, unconditional love,
team-work, kindness, problem solving, deep listening, seeing beyond objects, perception,
intuition, and more, differentiated Mindfulness practices can tie in directly and integrate
into your other subject areas. Here are some examples, please help us identify others!

SCIENCE

Sympathetic Vibration

Sound wave study

How matter changes state

Principals of Quantum Physics

The ear and skin listening to sound

Vestibular systems

Right and left brain entrainment

The science of meditation

How breathing affects the body

Affect of meditation on brain matter

Inter dependant relationships

Ecosystems and interbeing

Awareness of nature

 

ENGLISH

Creating poetry to enhance breathing

Creative writing and imagination

Using symbols to convey meaning

Compassion and kindness in speech

Storytelling

The power of spoken word

Metaphor

Association of words w/ visual image

Creating poetry to enhance breathing

Creative writing and imagination

Using symbols to convey meaning

Compassion and kindness in speech

Storytelling

 

HUMANITIES

Philosophy and sense of self

Understanding cultural perspectives

How cultures approach wellness

Relationships between peoples

The origin of words and syllables

Understanding other customs

 

MATH

Patterns in nature

Sequences in sacred geometry

 

ART

Using symbology to convey meaning

Creation of Mandalas

Visual Storytelling

Looking deeply at objects and detail

How imagery guides emotion

Creating images for wellness

Depicting the infinite through image

Visual image's affect on physiology

Color and its effect on emotion

 

MUSIC

Patterns

How music affects emotion

What is vibration

Creating relaxation through sound

Accompaniment for storytelling

How rhythm entrains the body

How sound waves travel

Therapeutic use of voice

Vocal toning for wellness

What is resonance

 

ATHLETICS

Enhancing sports warm ups

Focused imagery for training

Controlling the breath

Breath capacity

Interconnectivity of muscular and

central nervous systems

Zen and motion

 

 

Activities and Practices


Here are details of selected mindfulness practices from our workshop. Please try these out and
share what was 
most effective, or where you have further questions.  We will continue to add
to these pages and use as a forum 
for follow up! The same slides for your own experience and
practice can be used for Upper Division.  The Middle Division and Lower Division slides are

edited as direct age appropriate entry points for these same practices.  This will help integrate
Mindfulness into your core teaching curriculum.  Pick 
one practice you resonate with, start
with the most simple element. Always return to the breath!  

Activities and Practices


Here are details of selected mindfulness practices from our workshop. Please try these out and
share what was 
most effective, or where you have further questions.  We will continue to add
to these pages and use as a forum 
for follow up! The same slides for your own experience and
practice can be used for Upper Division.  The Middle Division and Lower Division slides are

edited as direct age appropriate entry points for these same practices.  This will help integrate
Mindfulness into your core teaching curriculum.  Pick 
one practice you resonate with, start
with the most simple element. Always return to the breath!  

SELECTED Practices for Adults and Upper Division Students - 

SELECTED PRACTICES FOR Middle DIVISION STUDENTS - 

SELECTED PRACTICES FOR lower DIVISION STUDENTS - 

                                                  

Feedback


Feedback


Mindfulness Practices for Better Classroom Learning: Daniel Lauter

 

Learnings:

·       Excellent information all around.

·       That just a few minutes a day of a mindfulness practice can be beneficial.

·       Diaphragmatic breathing, use of vibrations, use of sound. I also really liked the post-lunch use of the index cards as a way to hear from everyone and        mediate on their responses in a compassionate way. And similarly I enjoyed the drawing meditation though I wonder how well it works with those who      are old enough to be really self-conscious about their drawing.

·       It was really helpful to have concrete practices that I could bring back with me and try out with my students.

·       The concepts of mindful breathing, noticing your environment and possibilities of sound

·       Mindfulness can be expressed through drawing.

·       The use of sound

·       Various breathing techniques visualization

·       Accessibility of mindfulness practices in a variety of ways

·       Being able to experience the practice of mindfulness myself gave me ideas on how to best take it back to my student and make it an effective practice      for them as well

·       How to implement mindful practices with kids in lower schools

 

Take away:

·       New ideas for mindfulness in the classroom.

·       Many practices that I can immediately use in the classroom

·       Confirmation of the importance of following a mindful path and to continue looking for effective practices

·       A mindfulness practice with students doesn't need to be long, it can be short and still very meaningful.

·       Many useful ideas to bring to the classroom. Some ideas I would modify for my students.

·       I felt extremely relaxed and excited to try many of the meditation and reflection techniques personally and with my class.

·       Ideas to use during the opening of the day, closing and during transitions.

·       A variety of ideas that I can try in the classroom and even for my own personal practice.

·       Various breathing techniques

·       New tools to try

·       Food for thought

·       I myself need to be far more mindful

·       Peace

 

Other Comments:

·       Very useful, an excellent workshop

·       It was excellent

·       Thought it was just fine, very inspiring

·       Very useful, an excellent workshop

·       I had a wonderful day and will need time to reflect on all of the information. Thanks for having this offering

·       I tried the drawing/symbolism exercise today with class-they loved it!

·       Lovely space, welcoming and helpful teacher

·       I absolutely enjoyed the session. I left feel satisfied in what I came there for. Thank you!

·       It was a lovely workshop- beautiful space

·       Thank you so much for such a powerful PD!