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MMiinnddffuullnneessss wwiitthh yyoouunngg 
ppeeooppllee 
MMiicchhaaeell BBrreeaaddyy yyoouutthhmmiinnddffuullnneessss..cc...
What do schools teach?
What do you wish for your 
children?
There is a crisis of ill-being. 
Wellbeing is supportive of other 
desired outcomes. 
Wellbeing has an intrinsic value.
WWhhaatt iiss wweellllbbeeiinngg?? 
“A combination of feeling good and 
doing well.” 
courage 
confidence 
wisdom 
resilie...
““AAllll oouurr lliiffee,, ssoo ffaarr aass iitt hhaass 
ddeeffiinniittee ffoorrmm,, iiss bbuutt aa mmaassss ooff 
hhaabbi...
““……wwee aarree wwhhaatt wwee rreeppeeaatteeddllyy ddoo.. 
EExxcceelllleennccee,, tthheenn,, iiss nnoott aann aacctt bbuut...
Can we influence this process?
Mind and brain
NNeeuurrooppllaassttiicciittyy 
"the single most important 
change in our understanding of 
the human brain in 400 years."...
WWhhaatt iiss mmiinnddffuullnneessss?? 
Intention Attention Attitude
YYoouutthh MMiinnddffuullnneessss KKiiddss 
PPrrooggrraammmmee 
16 lessons 
50-60 minutes each 
Delivered twice weekly
Art of happiness Art of suffering 
Purpose 
15 & 16 
Kindness to others 
Kindness to self 
Gratitude 
13 & 14 
Resilience ...
“Everyone in the world should get 
mindfulness, everyone would be happy.”
“Mindfulness is amazing…it helps you 
calm down.”
“Mindfulness makes me think 
before I act.”
“Mindfulness will make me a 
better person.”
“When you do it, you feel more 
open. It also helps with anger, 
sadness, irritation, and lots more 
stuff.”
“A mindful mind is calm, gentle 
and kind.”
“Mindfulness is the best way to 
stay calm and happy.”
“I am now more peaceful and I 
don’t get as frustrated or angry 
as I used to.”
“I was quite tense and we did 
mindfulness and I felt all relaxed 
and happy for the rest of the 
day.”
“When I got angry I nearly 
punched someone then I did 
mindfulness, calmed down and 
everything was better.”
RReesseeaarrcchh 
Early stages 
There are encouraging signs: 
Reductions in: 
•Aggression 
•Hostility 
•Anxiety 
•Stress 
...
Mindfulness wwiitthh YYoouunngg OOffffeennddeerrss 
IInnnneerr SSttrreennggtthh PPrrooggrraammmmee 
Ten 90-120 minute week...
“…its going to sound kind of cheesy but it 
felt like I was safe when I was coming to 
these mindfulness classes.”
TToowwaarrdd aann 
eeccoollooggiiccaall mmooddeell ffoorr 
wweellllbbeeiinngg
“Our children learn reading, writing, math, science, and other 
subjects in school that can help them earn a living. But v...
AHDS Conference workshop: Mindfulness
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AHDS Conference workshop: Mindfulness

  1. 1. MMiinnddffuullnneessss wwiitthh yyoouunngg ppeeooppllee MMiicchhaaeell BBrreeaaddyy yyoouutthhmmiinnddffuullnneessss..ccoo..uukk
  2. 2. What do schools teach?
  3. 3. What do you wish for your children?
  4. 4. There is a crisis of ill-being. Wellbeing is supportive of other desired outcomes. Wellbeing has an intrinsic value.
  5. 5. WWhhaatt iiss wweellllbbeeiinngg?? “A combination of feeling good and doing well.” courage confidence wisdom resilience forgiveness compassion kindness zest leadership gratitude curiosity leadership
  6. 6. ““AAllll oouurr lliiffee,, ssoo ffaarr aass iitt hhaass ddeeffiinniittee ffoorrmm,, iiss bbuutt aa mmaassss ooff hhaabbiittss..””WWiilllliiaamm JJaammeess
  7. 7. ““……wwee aarree wwhhaatt wwee rreeppeeaatteeddllyy ddoo.. EExxcceelllleennccee,, tthheenn,, iiss nnoott aann aacctt bbuutt aa hhaabbiitt..”” WWiillll DDuurraanntt oonn AArriissttoottllee
  8. 8. Can we influence this process?
  9. 9. Mind and brain
  10. 10. NNeeuurrooppllaassttiicciittyy "the single most important change in our understanding of the human brain in 400 years." ~ Norman Doidge, Colombia University
  11. 11. WWhhaatt iiss mmiinnddffuullnneessss?? Intention Attention Attitude
  12. 12. YYoouutthh MMiinnddffuullnneessss KKiiddss PPrrooggrraammmmee 16 lessons 50-60 minutes each Delivered twice weekly
  13. 13. Art of happiness Art of suffering Purpose 15 & 16 Kindness to others Kindness to self Gratitude 13 & 14 Resilience 7 & 8 9 & 10 Attitude Intention 2 & 3 14 Attention 1 4, 5, & 6 11 & 12
  14. 14. “Everyone in the world should get mindfulness, everyone would be happy.”
  15. 15. “Mindfulness is amazing…it helps you calm down.”
  16. 16. “Mindfulness makes me think before I act.”
  17. 17. “Mindfulness will make me a better person.”
  18. 18. “When you do it, you feel more open. It also helps with anger, sadness, irritation, and lots more stuff.”
  19. 19. “A mindful mind is calm, gentle and kind.”
  20. 20. “Mindfulness is the best way to stay calm and happy.”
  21. 21. “I am now more peaceful and I don’t get as frustrated or angry as I used to.”
  22. 22. “I was quite tense and we did mindfulness and I felt all relaxed and happy for the rest of the day.”
  23. 23. “When I got angry I nearly punched someone then I did mindfulness, calmed down and everything was better.”
  24. 24. RReesseeaarrcchh Early stages There are encouraging signs: Reductions in: •Aggression •Hostility •Anxiety •Stress •Behavioural problems Improvements in: •Emotional regulation •Attention •Self-acceptance •Executive function •Social and emotional competencies
  25. 25. Mindfulness wwiitthh YYoouunngg OOffffeennddeerrss IInnnneerr SSttrreennggtthh PPrrooggrraammmmee Ten 90-120 minute weekly sessions Key factors Relationship Respect Positive emotion Consistency
  26. 26. “…its going to sound kind of cheesy but it felt like I was safe when I was coming to these mindfulness classes.”
  27. 27. TToowwaarrdd aann eeccoollooggiiccaall mmooddeell ffoorr wweellllbbeeiinngg
  28. 28. “Our children learn reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects in school that can help them earn a living. But very few school programs teach young people how to live – how to deal with anger, how to reconcile conflicts, how to breathe, smile, and transform internal formations. There needs to be a revolution in education. We must encourage schools to train our students in the art of living in peace and harmony. It isn’t easy to learn to read, write, or solve math problems, but children manage to do it. Learning how to breathe, smile and transform anger can also be difficult, but I have seen many young people succeed. If we teach children properly, by the time they are around twelve, thet will know how to live harmoniously with others.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

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