Compassion in the classrom through meditation and mindfulness

Stanley, T. E. (2012). The empty classroom: Using symbols to explore kindness and connection. Master of Arts thesis. Naropa University, Boulder, CO. Full text.

From the Abstract: As part of this project, I explored the practice of meditation and mindfulness with myself and with my students to see, if even in small ways, I could help them to rediscover an ethic of compassion and reciprocal care.

Over the course of several months, I developed activities and projects that built toward a greater understanding of interconnectivity and mutual respect between people. In doing so, I tried to provide them with a renewed understanding of “kind”-ness that recognizes all of the human family as more similar than different.

By having an intuitive understanding of how our minds generate meaning, it was my goal that students would see how it is possible to modify thought patterns and choose stories and symbols that unite instead of separate.

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