I recently asked for your feedback regarding CPD (Continuing Professional Development) here at the ELI:
So the question–and purpose of my blathering-is how can we change the structure of PD here at the ELI to encourage more opportunities for instructors to participate in self-directed and more sustainable CPD?
David Butler responded with:
There seems to be growing awareness of the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace (see link below). How about having a mindfulness practice group here at the ELI for teachers and staff who are interested?
I just came across a related article today about Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD, and wonder if you, like David, would like to connect with others, in a group focused on Mindfullness practice? Perhaps you could email me or David directly if you are interested.
Taken from the above article:
Here’s an exercise from the concentration family of meditation. It’s a good introduction to mindfulness.
- Sit upright, close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath.
- Don’t try to control your breath, just let it be natural and easy but be aware of your breath.
- Notice the full inhalation, the full exhalation.
- See if you can feel it coming and going through your nostrils, or feel the rise and fall of your belly.
- When you notice that you’ve been distracted, simply start with the next breath.
- Tune in to any sensation any way you can. Be fully aware of the breath. Just keep your attention anchored there.
- Keep breathing in, and breathing out.
- Whenever your mind wanders, just bring it back to your breath.
- Watch the full inhalation, the full exhalation. Stay with the breath. Use it as your anchor for attention.
- Try it on your own for a few minutes.