Pasadena Learning Gardens

Resourcing communities to create a healthier more sustainable future

Mindfulness and Love in Education

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For years now I often find myself quoting David Brooks book The Social Animal where he summarizes the argument that we are profoundly interconnected as “We learn best from those we love”  It seems more and more clear that we can impart emotional intelligence into our youth when we need it as much as ever…  As a meditating Buddhist-Christian-Gardener, I’ve witnessed peoples healing and transformation when connected to nature and one another.  I’ve danced around this fire for many years and now we are coming at this from so many angles.  I am so excited by what I’ve learned from Daniel Siegel who runs the center for mindfulness studies at UCLA Medical School.  He has profound data showing that we can transform our youth through a simple mindfulness exercise.  Here is a great intro to his thought.

TEDxBlue – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. – 10/18/09

Mindfulness in Schools: Richard Burnett at TEDxWhitechapel

David Brooks: The social animal

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Author: Mark Rice

I’m a UC Master Gardener with a huge interest in growing my own food, beekeeping, medicinal herbs and living sustainably. I also have a passion to share these journeys with like minded souls. I work with many off site communities and manage an educational organization and two outdoor learning facilities.

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