For People and Planet – Reflections on Friday 15 March 2019 by Grant Rix

The following thoughts are personal reflections, followed by a few mindfulness-based tips, with links, to help manage feelings of overwhelm. However, the most important reflections right now are those from within our Muslim communities, reminding us that a compassionate society can only exist if we are prepared to challenge the extent of casual, institutional and overt forms of racism that …

ICM Asia Pacific International Conference on Mindfulness Grant Rix

International Conference on Mindfulness

Grant delivered a pre-conference workshop exploring the four foundations of mindfulness, co-presented on Pause, Breathe, Smile research with Dr Ross Bernay from AUT (in which they got all attendees participating in the ‘neuron dance’ – a real crowd pleaser and a favourite activity of the PBS programme!) and sat on a panel exploring the importance of bicultural approaches to mindfulness …

Evaluation of PBS in the Waikato Region

Evaluation of Pause, Breathe, Smile in the Waikato Region Thanks to the financial support of Trust Waikato this valuable and unique programme is now available to many schools throughout the Waikato region. Pause, Breathe, Smile is a school-based mindfulness programme. This report follows Trust Waikato funding for professional development for Waikato teachers and classroom implementation of the Pause, Breathe, Smile …

He Ara Oranga, the Mental Health Inquiry’s report

The Mindfulness Education Group welcomes He Ara Oranga, the Mental Health Inquiry’s report to the Minister of Health and is pleased to see that several references to the importance of mindfulness for children and young people are noted. For example, the report states that: Everyone agrees that we should pay more attention to the wellbeing of our children. Some children …

Lending my support to providing Pause, Breathe, Smile in all NZ schools

– Nigel Latta July 2018. We teach kids all kinds of stuff. We teach them things like using their manners, how to brush their teeth, how to cross the road safely, and how to read and write. When they get older we teach them about sex and sexuality, and driving cars, and financial literacy, and trigonometry, and a million other …

Times Article

Pause, Breathe, Smile – Teaching Mindfulness in schools Three little words – pause, breathe, smile – are making a big difference in east Auckland’s primary schools. Pause, Breathe, Smile is the mindfulness programme that is helping school kids cope with stress, anxiety, and anger both in and out of the classroom. Pointview School principal Robin Kirkham says the programme, which …

Scoop Education Article

Research Finds PBS Mindfulness Training Will Help Create Positive Learning Environments & Improve Wellbeing for NZ School Children Research Finds Pause, Breathe, Smile Mindfulness Training Will Help Create Positive Learning Environments & Improve Wellbeing for NZ School Children Latest New Zealand research shows positive benefits for children who participate in the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme. This most recent study has just been …

Education Central Article

Pause, Breathe, Smile: Training teachers to bring mindfulness into the classroom GRANT RIX shares the journey of a ‘mindfulness in schools’ programme that is making a difference to the wellbeing and learning outcomes of Kiwi kids. Sometimes my brain is like a snow globe when you shake it up. It’s stormy and I can’t see anything properly. Now I know …

Pause, Breathe, Smile featured in new “Mindfulness and Education” book

The recent publication of Mindfulness and Education: Research and Practice, by Cambridge Scholars Publishing includes a chapter written by Grant Rix. Here’s a snippet from Grant’s chapter, called Mindful Aotearoa: Promoting the Benefits of Mindfulness Grounded in Local Context and Understanding: “…It is proposed that these two further mindfulness skills of 1) responding skillfully to a situation with awareness rather than …

Hardwire yourself for lasting happiness

The negativity bias kept our ancestors alive in tough conditions but, in modern times, it is a relic of the Stone Age and can make us more prone to depression and anxiety. This is one of New York Times bestselling author and psychologist Dr Rick Hanson’s key talking points. Earlier this year I had the good fortune to meet Rick, who returns …