Books

Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children
Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman

A pioneering educator joins forces with a renowned psychologist to offer a breakthrough guide for helping children quiet their minds, calm their bodies, and manage their emotions. Lantieri’s techniques are arranged according to age group.

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A Mindful Nation, How a Simple Practice Can Help us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit
Congressman Tim Ryan

From front flap: In A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan—an all-American guy from the heartland who is also a thoughtful, committed leader—takes the story about the benefits of mindfulness to the next level. He connects the dots between what’s happening with mindfulness in the classrooms, hospitals, boardrooms, research labs, and army bases across the country by sharing his interactions with experts in education, defense, health care, criminal justice, and the environment. A Mindful Nation paints a picture of emerging solutions that both benefit the reader and address the societal difficulties we are facing. Ryan’s folksy, warm, and encouraging voice uplifts us and shows that there is something we can do right here and right now to help ourselves and our country.

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Mindfulness, In Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

From back cover: “[Gunaratana] takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. He reveals that we already have the foundation we need to live a more mindful, productive, and peaceful life. Bhante simply points to each tool of meditation, tells us what it does, and how to make it work”.

A great resource for those interested in/or new to Mindful Meditation, the subject of the book is Vipassana meditation practices.

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The Soul Of Education, Helping Students Find Connections, Compassion, and Character at School
Rachael Kessler (Forward by Parker Palmer)

This book is a great resource for middle or high school educators seeking inspiration and ideas of how to make schools more student-centers. Kessler gives great examples of how to incorporate empathy and mindfulness skills into the classroom.

From back cover: “Based on the deeply moving stories and profound questions of students themselves, each chapter responds to the yearnings young people express. Deep Connection, Meaning and Purpose, Silence, Joy, Creativity, Transcendence, and Initiation…Helping students find constructive ways to express their longings increases their motivation to learn; stay in school; strengthen ties to family and friends and approach adult life with vitality, character, and vision.”

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Additional Readings:

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Mindfulness,  Ellen J. Langer

The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Richard J. Davidson with Sharon Begle

Sailing Home,  Norman Fischer

The Compassionate Instinct, Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith

Planting Seeds, Thich Nhat Hanh

Why Empathy Matters, J. D. Trout

The Heart of Higher Education, Parker J. Palmer & Arthur Zajonc

The Healing Power of Emotion, Diana Fosha, Daniel J. Siegel, Marion F. Solomon

Teaching Empathy, David A. Levine

The Developing Mind, Daniel J. Siegel

Child’s Mind, Christopher Willard

The Power of Mindful Learning, Ellen J. Langer

The Age of Empathy, Frans De Waal

The Mindful Child, Susan Kaiser Greenland

Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner

Coming To Our Senses, Jon Kabat-Zinn