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 …

Research confirms what our kids have been telling us

  With Pause, Breathe, Smile mindfulness training being rolled out across many Canterbury based schools, local children are finding a way to articulate their feelings and find calm during times of uncertainty with earthquakes and aftershocks continuing to affect the region. Pause, Breathe, Smiles is New Zealand’s own locally developed, researched and curriculum-aligned mindfulness in schools programme.   University of …

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 …

The Mindfulness Colouring Book

Colouring might just be one of those rare trends with a bit of substance behind it. Research on the benefits of colouring is in its infancy, but early results are promising, suggesting that 20 minutes spent colouring can decrease stress and anxiety. However, I’m most interested in the research that says colouring may be one way you can practise mindfulness. I …