Practice Challenge 2: Anchor Yourself to the Breath 2018-10-20T18:04:24-06:00

Practice Challenge 2: Anchor Yourself to the Breath

Daniel Rechtschaffen

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What You’ll Learn

Hone your focus and minimize distractions right now by beginning with the breath.

About Daniel Rechtschaffen

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education, The Mindful Education Workbook, and Alphabreaths. He is the founding director of Transformative Educational Leadership, a year-long training for educational leaders to integrate mindfulness-based social and emotional learning into school systems worldwide, and organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute. Daniel offers keynote speeches and mindfulness trainings at conferences, schools, and communities around the globe and teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is the founder of the Mindful Education Online Training.

Leanr more about Daniel at his website, and check out Mindful Education and Transformative Educational Leadership.

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  1. Ann October 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    So practical to lift the hand to refocus the wandering mind. ??

  2. Linda October 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of exercising your attention muscle. My students will love that analogy!

  3. Lauren Muriello October 18, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Loved the raising of the hand when I caught my thoughts wandering. It was a great way to really mark the moment and then to remind myself to feel the breath as I put my hand back. Thanks!

  4. Ashita October 18, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Everyday practice will help bringing the attention time to increase more, I believe. Just realized how frequently mind keeps wandering off.

  5. Tânia Ferreira October 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. It feels great to concentrate in our own body and to bring attention to it. Great to do with kids 😉

  6. Maureen MacKinnon-McQuarrie October 18, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Every classroom would benefit from adding this very simple brain exercise…easy for teachers to implement and students experience what it means to focus attention. Thank you!

  7. Selene October 18, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I have loved both challenges! Thank you!

  8. Maureen MacKinnon-mcQuarrie October 18, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Great for to try out with classrooms!

  9. Tab October 18, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Love the hand movement as a way of almost “catching the brain” as it’s trying to wander away. Never tried to physically respond to the mind wandering and I found it very helpful.

  10. Kathy Parseghian October 18, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about mindfulness, the practice and all the other amazing resources this summit is providing.

  11. Keith Hagan October 18, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

    The work you are doing is so important.

  12. Gimena Galarraga October 18, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Love the practice, it ‘s so simple to bring the attention back with the hand movement. Thank you

  13. Barbara Gruener October 18, 2018 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Your voice and being bring calm. Thank you for sharing these strategies with us.

  14. EH October 18, 2018 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Thank you. Gentle, simple, effective.

  15. Karen Bordeleau October 18, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for helping us become aware of our distractions. Wow! Attention is a muscle.

  16. Patti and Danny Shea October 18, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for the idea of raising your hand from your belly when you are distracted. It reminds me to gently bring my attention back. I think this will work well for kids too.

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