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Three Breaths and Begin:

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


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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.


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