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Bronx Academy of Software Engineering (BASE) and Mindfulness into Action

I have taken a position as a lead teacher in BASE.
The teachers and administration are interested in developing a Mindfulness aspect to the culture at BASE

There is a significant daily time frame dedicated to advisory.
There is a huge need for learners and staff to develop tools to pacify, anxieties and to afford the opportunities for concentration and focus.

I will prepare the path with the administration for research and other activities such as site visits by members of MIA.

I am developing a curriculum for advisory which includes as many aspects of Mindfulness as possible.

The research aim would be to develop a research method and document the experiences of the learners and staff and to note any transformations connected to the Mindfulness exercises.
Support will be needed for training, site visitations, methodology development and literacy review.

Preparations are underway to describe to the administration the need for IRB and diagnostic/benchmark testing. Other pre-requesits include clarifying the terms of reference and detailing a common understanding of MIA efforts and needs at BASE.

Minutes- OLA- Mindfulness into Action_2103-10-10

OLA Meeting

October 10th, 2013

4 to 6 pm

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Anna Healy
  • Courtney Furlong
  • David Weksler
  • Elisabeth Negrete
  • Fatima Farhat Mansoob
  • Maria Cecilia Salcedo
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Pierre Faller
  • Sandra Lesibu

4 – 4:30 pm   Reflections First Person Action Inquiry

4:30 – 5 pm   Reflections Second Person Action Inquiry

5 pm               Reception: The Inaugural Edmund Gordon Lecture,

6 pm               Educating Harlem Lecture Series Milbank Chapel

Reflections:

First person Action Inquiry – Collaborative Inquiry

  • It is about your own behavior
  • What did you find?

[Courtney]

  • Mirror reflection
  • Lighting a candle honoring my family

[Sandra] Reflecting:

  • Realization: What am I doing with my goals to contribute to world peace?
  • 9 major sororities and Fraternities
    • What are their initiatives and the impact?
    • Academic achievement in college, in professional career and community?

[Maria Cecilia] Recognizing the third head

  • Being aware of what you are doing?
    • Missing the third head
    • Realization: prioritizes of family.
      • Journey within finding the master within
      • Trauma from past – going back inside and reflect in order to heal

[Pierre] AGIS program building block

  • Embrace vs. frustration
  • Human experience
    • Being present about emotion
    • Not resist what is happening
    • Surrendering to your emotions – enjoy the moment
    • Duality surrendering vs. resistance
      • Culture opposing resistance
        • Ego – thinking of self
        • Surrender to situations – letting go

[Fatima] Noticing self after 1 hour

  • Realization: wasting time in my life
  • Recognizing: from bottom of my heart benefits in this esthetics of exercises
    • Work, thought
    • Changing within one hour

[Elisabeth] Realization:  Be mindful of assumptions

1. Volunteering with 3rd graders– mindful enjoy children over adults

  • Trying not to have assumptions
    • Assumption of other volunteers

2. Group project

  • Aware shouldn’t complain about small things

[Anna] Helping mother after fall at bedside

  • Mindful of always being at the right place at the right time
  • Listening and sharing Mashur guided meditation

[Mariana] Juggling Kendrick and dissertation

Reflections:

Second Person Action Inquiry – Collaborative Inquiry

  • Epigenetics-Lipton 95% of our behavior is ruled by subconscious. In order to overcome our subconscious behavior:
  1. Habits
  2. Hypnotisms

1. Habits by implementing the reflection exercise daily

2. Hypnotism by listening to guided meditations we apply self-hypnotism

Mashur’s Guided Meditation (self-hypnotism)

Link to guided meditation: Life Harmonized

Pilots at high schools:

Lincoln HS

  • Columbia Reflection group
  • Promise a visit to Teachers College
  • October 17th, 2013 2:30pm-3: 15 pm bi-weekly advising

Dover HS

  • Students doing reflections
  • First person Action Inquiry
  • Next meeting Monday October 14, 2013 – 10:53 am weekly

Connecting both schools for alignment

  • Share how feel about pilot

Website:

‘Master Within’

  • Jon work with Roger Dennis – develop resources for elementary, middle and high school students.

Reminder:

  • MIV- send Anna Healy info of Alvaro Hernandez for Pilot emergence
  • MIV-Send Fatima gentlemen’s (Dan Booth Cohen) dissertation on peace making
  • MIV-Forward Information of Transformational Learning Conference

OLA next meeting Monday October 14th, 2013 from 1500-1700 203 Russell Hall

BE SKEPTICAL, BUT LEARN TO LISTEN

BE SKEPTICAL, BUT LEARN TO LISTEN

  • Don’t believe yourself or anybody else.
  • Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear: Is it really the truth?
  • Listen to the intent behind word, and you will understand the real message.

THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

  1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
  2. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
  3. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
  4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
  5. BE SKEPTICAL, BUT LEARN TO LISTEN

Exercise Two

Exercise Two

  • As you transition from one activity to another through out your day, bring the transition into your awareness by noticing how you feel about ending the previous activity and beginning the next one.

Exercise One

Exercise Three

Exercise Four