I have a wonderful friend and colleague Prasasto Satwiko a professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University (AJYU), Yogyakarta, who since 2010, has supported the integration of yoga into classes in his faculty. This started with the use of yoga and meditation in an Art History class.
He and his colleagues were gratified to see that these students were enthusiast about the yoga classes and from 2012-14, 80 students and 8 assistants have successfully taken part in the classes. Because of the success of these courses yoga has now became an integral part of their design studies. This started formally in semester 2, 2015 and they now have yoga integrated into Design Studio 1-6 with 10 parallel classes.
The increasing interest in contemplative practice at AJYU links with the university's declaration to be a ‘green and healthy campus’. As a part of this initiative AJYU now has the vegan restaurant Veganissimo on campus.
I am pleased to announce the publication of “Contemplative practice in the law school: Breaking barriers to learning and resilience” and my co-authored chapter with Professor Vines: Contemplative practice in the law school: breaking barriers to learning and resilience:
In this chapter we argue that the increasing use of contemplative practices in law schools is significant not just in relation to enhancing resilience and diminishing stress and depression, but that they also have major benefits in the development of traditional legal roles. However, there is an attitudinal barrier that needs to be overcome as law students and legal academics have commonly been resistant to the use of these practices. It is interesting and somewhat ironic, therefore, that just as we are developing some level of openness to practices that seem alien in legal study and practice we also find evidence that they indeed enhance capacities for legal and educational practice such as level of focus, ability to prioritize, the optimization of objectivity, higher order thinking and so on. Further, the management of ethical issues of professional practice, which are frequently triggers for depression, may also be improved by contemplative practices as they enhance students’ and lawyers’ ability to articulate their personal and professional ethics. In turn, this knowledge can be used to help break down remaining barriers to the use of contemplative practices within the legal academy. To reiterate, until recently the supposition was that the remedial benefits of contemplative practices ameliorated negative aspects of legal education and practice. However, now it appears that the enhancement may also be linked to a direct correspondence between contemplation and the law.
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I was recently sent information about two great educational initiatives in Australia:
The first from Tony McKenzie, which has two parts first his:
Blog about learning and teaching in the twenty-first century titled:
One giant learning curve for humanity (http://tonymckenzie.wix.com/learning-curve).
And the other is a project called ‘i witness’ being mounted by local community group, Orange CultureHub; see http://orangeculturehub.wix.com/joinus#!i-witness/wu6nx.
And John Turner's Quiet Kit, he says:
I recently launched QuietKit ( http://quietkit.com/ ), which helps people get started with mindfulness and meditation, as well as helps them build a meditation habit, all for free.
It's already helped a number of people deal with stress, and I'm hoping to reach many more. John Turner
Founder, QuietKit http://quietkit.com/ ( http://quietkit.com/ )
The Quiet Kit helps individuals Learn to increase focus, reduce stress, and increase mindfulness with simple guided meditation for beginners.
Author: Dr Patricia Morgan
I am a teacher, contemplative practitioner, researcher, community developer and artist, currently working in the area of Contemplative Education, which I believe is one of the most important movements in education today.