BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - A Bronxville High School history teacher has channeled his personal experiences of mental peacefulness into a novel dedicated to helping his contemporaries incorporate such acts into their curriculum.
Bill Meyer has penned “The Enlightened Teacher: A Manual for Meditation in the Classroom,” a novel that stems from his personal experiences with meditation and extensive research on the subject, exploring the academic and wellness benefits that develop when educators incorporate mindfulness in the classroom.
Meyer has been incorporating meditation into his classes for nearly a decade, including the foundation of the Meditation Club at the high school six years ago. He has also participated in mindfulness and educational conferences around the country, creating a “cohort of mindfulness fellows to welcome guest speakers to the district.”
“The benefits of mindfulness are well-documented from the emotional and social support it can provide students, its ability to foster greater concentration, an overall sense of peace, but more than anything I think it helps us to connect back to ourselves in a world where so much is drawing us outward,” Meyer said.
According to the district, in addition to exploring the academic and wellness benefits that develop when teachers incorporate meditation and mindfulness into their curriculum, the book will also feature guided meditation prompts.
“The Enlightened Teacher: A Manual for Meditation in the Classroom” is scheduled for release in 2019.
“Mediation is a powerful tool to open students up and allow them the opportunity to access the gifts that reside within them,” Meyer said. “If we can help students foster an authentic connection with themselves, they can more authentically engage and serve the world and community around them.”
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