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 …

Research following training & implementation of Pause, Breathe, Smile in Canterbury school

In 2017, MEG worked with the Rata Foundation to further the reach of PBS and the mental wellbeing of Canterbury students and teachers. Rata Foundation funding enabled the Mental Health Foundation to contract the Mindfulness Education Group to provide: 20 scholarships for Canterbury based educators to complete the PBS Professional Development pathway An evaluation report on the impacts of those …

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 …

Mindfulness is More Than a Technique

By being more mindful we recognise and overcome the many ways in which we tend to get caught in rumination, distraction and resistance.  Practising certain mindfulness-based techniques regularly, like formal mindfulness meditation practice, walking mindfully, loving-kindness meditation and so forth, will enable us to better respond to the stresses and strains of our daily lives as qualities of focus and …

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 …