A Guide to Meditation in the Classroom
“In our fractured world, helping students find tools for peace, clarity, and compassion may be the greatest gift any educator could hope for. William Meyer offers a clear road map of realistic, accessible, and down-to-earth tools that can change young lives.”
— Donald Altman, former monk, teacher, and author of Reflect: Awaken to the Wisdom of the Here and Now and One-Minute Mindfulness
“With engaging stories and heartfelt guidance, Three Breath and Begin is a great resource for teachers who are considering bringing meditation into their classrooms. William Meyer demonstrates how silence can help young minds blossom.”
— Rick Heller, author of Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy
“The wealth of inspiring stories from the classroom and the practical, down-to-earth specifics make this guide a worthy treasure.”
— Linda Graham, MFT, author of Resilience
While the power of mindfulness and meditation have become well-known in the culture at large — in therapy, medicine, and spirituality — their use in education is just beginning. But teachers who incorporate moments of stillness, breath awareness, and calming images know just how potent these practices are for creating focus and facilitating learning. Unlike books that delve into theory, Three Breaths and Begin is about practice, written by a schoolroom teacher who has shared these practices with students, teachers, and parents in a variety of real-world settings.
Meyer details exactly how a teacher can use meditation techniques each and every day. From the very beginning of introducing the practice to students by creating a space within the classroom, to meditating on field trips, in sports setting, and in the midst of tragedy, he sets forth scripted meditations, with every aspect of conducting, running, and reflecting on the meditation considered. While written by a teacher, this insightful, practical, and loving guide will benefit anyone interested in the well-being of a student.
Do you meditate? What about bringing meditation into the classroom? Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Siri Phaneendra interview William P Meyer about his transformative book, Three Breaths and Begin. Get a deeper awareness and move through feelings with meditation. A teacher can use meditation daily in the classroom, on field trips, for sports assemblies, and more to help students connect with themselves and their world. A small circle that starts with 8 people can grow to include an entire student body when youth recognize their power, express curiosity, and reflect through meditation in nature, journaling, creative writing, art, and music. The hosts read chapters on courage from two books in the Be the Star You Are!® series and Siri shares her personal experiences with daily meditations, including the fact that meditating has helped her be more successful on exams. Be intentional when creating your meditation space and enjoy the results. Slow down, take three breaths, and begin.
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Having practiced meditation for over twenty-six years and shared it with students for more than a decade, William Meyer has lived his life at the intersection of education and mindfulness. Every aspect of his work as an educator, researcher, and teacher has aimed at awakening a deeper sense of purpose and well-being within young people. His deep voice, depth of experience, and creative use of visualization makes his style of meditation unforgettable. Three Breaths and Begin offers a practical and inspiring way for educators to bring meditation into the classroom as well as re-envisioning their role as teachers.