Research ~ Resiliency

Resiliency is "... the inherent and nurtured capacity of individuals to deal with life's stresses in ways that enable them to lead healthy and fulfilled lives"
(Howard & Johnson 1999 p 3).

"Resiliency is "the process of, capacity for, or the outcome of successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening circumstances."
(Masten, Best and Garmezy (1990)

We define Resiliency "Taking a positive yet balanced asset approach to our abilities. Then tap into and use our latent yet oh so very powerful innate skills and relationships to deal with adversity.
~ Sometimes to often impacting outcomes.
~ Often to always increasing the quality of the experience!
(Ballard 2007)

Research ~ Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is defined as "the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience"
Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2003 Founder, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness points one in the direction of being aware of the present moment.
Ozzie Gontang

Mindfulness is being in the moment with your own mind on purpose and without judgement.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Bibliography
See Research folder at the bottom of the page.


Benefits of Mindfulness for Children Include:
• Help them learn how to create a sense of inner calm
• Learn how to more effectively deal with stress and anxiety
• Help with bed time routines and sleep

Developing added coping skills to assist the child and the family better deal with a host of special issues and needs that have included:
• ADD
• ODD
• ADHD
• Learning Challenges
• Oppositional Defiance Disorder
• Aspergers Syndrome
• Dyslexia
• Special needs
• Speach disorders

Benefits of Mindfulness for Adults Include:
• Patience
• Non Judgement
• Focus/Concentration
• Creativity
• Acceptance of ourselves and others
• Energy & Enthousiasm
• An increased ability to ‘let go’ and cope effectively with stressful situations.
• Reduces Absenteism
• Reduces Presenteism

Has been useful to assist with decreases in both physical and psychological dis-ease that include:
• Migraines
• Chronic pain
• Anxiety and panic
• Sleep disturbance & insomnia
• Gastrointestinal distress
• Fatigue
• Headaches
• Learning and School stress
• Job or family stress
• Skin disorders
• High blood pressure
• Stress factors in heart disease

Life is the childhood of our immortality.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Research ~ Relaxation Response

What is the Relaxation Response

Relaxation response: a physical state that is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. The relaxation response undoes what stress has been doing to you.

Benefits of practising the Relaxation Response include:
• Decreased muscle tension
• Lowered heart rate
• Blood pressure,
• A lower and deeper breathing pattern,
• Calming of the belly,
• Attaining a more peaceful, pleasant mood.

The Relaxation Response is a simple practice that takes only 10 to 30 minutes a day and can relieve the stress and tension that stands between you and a richer and healthier life.

Research

Click on the folder below.
Click on it to see a bio of some of the research.


Resources:

Association for Mindfulness in Education
Is an exciting and important new development in K to 12 education. As a powerful tool to decrease stress, enhance academic performance, and promote emotional and social well-being, mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential support for students, teachers, school administrators, and parents.
http://www.mindfuleducation.org/

The Impact Foundation
Our goal is to reintroduce contemplation into the mainstream, through the thoughtful integration of wisdom traditions and scientific rigor.
http://www.theimpactfoundation.org/

ChildSpirit Institute
ChildSpirit is helping to change the way society (parents and grandparents, educators, healthcare professionals, innovative religious and spiritual leaders, and community leaders and many more...) see and work with its young people.
http://www.childspirit.net/

Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
Under the leadership of Saki Santorelli, EdD, the Center serves a broad international constituency and resides within the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
http://www.umassmed.edu/content.aspx?id=41252

Inner Kids
Every movement has its breakthrough moment -- a time when it no longer has to defend what it is saying and doing because the problem it has identified is so clear that others need no coaxing to join. Mindfulness training for children has arrived at that moment. Join us and together we will make a difference.
http://www.innerkids.org

Centre for Courage and Renewal
When we reconnect who we are with what we do, we approach our lives and our work with renewed passion, commitment, and integrity.
http://www.couragerenewal.org/

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness into contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, and reflective society.
http://www.contemplativemind.org/

Educators for Social Responsibility
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. We also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities.
http://www.esrnational.org/

The Fetzer Institute
Our mission, to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community, rests on our conviction that efforts to address the world's critical issues
must go beyond political, social, and economic strategies to
their psychological and spiritual roots.
http://www.fetzer.org/

The David Lynch Foundation
For consciousness-Based Education
http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/

The Garrison Institute
Our mission is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future.
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/home.php

The Mind Life Institute
Is an independent, not-for-profit organization devoted to establishing a mutually respectful working collaboration and research partnerships between modern science and Buddhism – two of the world's most fruitful traditions for understanding the nature of reality and promoting human well-being.
http://www.mindandlife.org/

Mindful Awareness Research Centre
Our mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.
http://marc.ucla.edu/

The Mindsight Institute
They are an educational organization devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, and institutions. With a scientific emphasis on the mind and well-being, we focus on the growth of healthy people who can nurture a more compassionate society.
http://drdansiegel.com/

New Horizons
Early childhood, birth through grade three, is a time of rapid growth and development. Research has shown unequivocally that during these critical first years, young children go through a long period where play and hands-on experiences are vital to learning. This process is essential to later success in more complex tasks. Early learning seems so simple that it is tempting to devalue it as merely a child's recreation rather than recognize it as an extremely complex and absorbing effort to build a rich understanding of the world. Sight and sound, size and shape, must be experienced by a child through all the senses, at his or her own pace. Families, caregivers, and schools must be prepared to understand and support this critical stage of growth for the children in our charge. Our challenge is to be sure that programs and schools meet the special needs of very young children. This floor will explore early learning issues and offer resources and suggestions.
http://www.newhorizons.org/

Open Circle
Our mission is to work with school communities to help children become ethical people, contributing citizens and successful learners. By helping schools implement Open Circle, we foster the development of relationships that support safe, caring and respectful learning communities of children and adults.
http://www.open-circle.org/

The PassageWorks Institute
is dedicated to transforming the culture of classrooms, schools and districts so that the inner life of students and teachers is safe, nurtured and welcomed.
http://passageworks.org/

Dr Chris Walsh
806 Lygon St, North Carlton, Vic, 3054, Australia
Tl:+61 (0)3 9347 4300
E-mail: info@cwalsh.com.au
http://mindfulness.org.au/
http://www.cwalsh.com.au/

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Don't hesitate to contact us and share it with us.





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Why Mindfulness and the Relaxation Response?

Taming Our Brain

The brain is made up of many complex areas that are responsible for various aspects of our functioning. The amygdala’s, role is to sense threats and respond or trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response which is especially important given our stress driven society. When we feel threatened, the amygdala goes into overdrive and takes over. It’s what Daniel Goleman calls amygdala hijack and results in a lack of focus, panic and complete inability to be productive. Unfortunately, threats are rampant in the today’s workplace (e.g., downsizings, management changes, more work and less resources , etc.) and frequently send us into ‘hijack’ or the stress response.

Calming down and training our Amygdala!
How do we calm down the amygdala to better manage our stress response? One way is to cultivate meta cognition. You’re probably asking meta what? It’s basically our awareness of our cognitive/emotional processes or good old common self awareness. If we don't learn to calm and tame our response we risk being in Fight or Flight response far too often. This prematurely ages us as well can lead to hyper vigilance. This impacts our mental and physical health.

How do we Develop our Meta-Cognition or Self Awareness
One vital way is through meditation. Meditation helps us quiet our thoughts, feelings and bodies and develop greater awareness of our thoughts and behaviors. In fact recent research by Yi-Yuan Tang it was found that even 5 days of mindfulness practice results in better attention and control of stress than just relaxation training.

The easiest place to start your mediation practice to start is with guided meditations. For children and families that is why we developed our audio programs Imagine Yourself so that the whole family can practice alone or together.

What is the Amygdala?
It is an almond shaped mass of gray matter in the temporal lobe of the cerebrum that is involved in the processing and expression of emotions, especially anger and fear.