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Mindfulness is a way of being and thinking that grows out of paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to what is happening in the present moment.
When we are mindful,we deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations), and what is happening outside of us, in our environment. The intention is to see things as they are, rather than as they used to be or as we wish they could be.
The good news is that the development of mindfulness helps us notice our emotions without being triggered by them. It moves us from living on automatic pilot to pausing and paying deliberate attention to what is happening in the now.
Teaching Mindfulness in the Classroom assists teachers in being able to allow students to be in the moment.