Online communities can be incredibly meaningful spaces for cooperative learning, sharing and collaboration. If you are intentional about how you hold the space as the host, you can help to co-create a powerful experience for everyone involved. So, once you have welcomed everyone, and your session is off and running, how can you invite everyone to connect more deeply and trust this new environment?
When hosting an online meeting, social gathering, or virtual learning session, it’s common that we get so caught up in the technology (Is the platform stable? Is there latency? Can everyone hear and see each other?) that we’re a bit frazzled and frantic in […]
For those who want to reconnect and practice mindfulness and storytelling in a place of natural wonder, this is the ideal opportunity. My discovery on this first retreat led me to launch a special MindWise experience coming in Spring 2020.
Starting a mindfulness and social-emotional learning program in VR has already led to some deeper discoveries– and, we’re only two sessions in. Last week, I shared some of my personal reflections about the experience and why it’s different than what we might expect. Practicing […]
You’re back in a particular mindframe, with a certain feeling related to a precise place and time, now encoded with the necessary fidelity to retrieve the original experience… I’m still taken back (to Croatia) in an instant when I come across certain flavors like a rich olive oil or sweet golden grapes, the scent of pines like the ones hanging over Croatian cliffs, dark needled branches like giant eyelashes, backdrop of blue sea.
This is not the case. It cannot be. If That, then This. At very least, I’d have to cut my hair short to achieve at least a bit of that über-minimalism I’m talking about. A Natalie Portman cut—less V for Vendetta, more Hotel Chevalier. And, the times I want that simple persona most – at least when it comes to the packing – are when I’m on the road.
There’s a saying about the chain of Canary Islands, part of the territories of Spain: each represents a sacred part of the human body, a chakra, if you like. There are seven islands, complementing the seven chakras, with volcanoes throughout. I didn’t know this, […]
How do we cultivate the art of noticing? As I travel during this launch phase of Mindful by Design, the crossing points between mindful awareness, design thinking, and storytelling become even more clear, even more relevant, critical and universal in this age of AI. […]
If you’re asking yourself, “How can I encourage digital citizenship, mindful cultural awareness in a digital age, and active leadership in my classroom and/or community?” – you’re not alone!Here are ten gems– my personal picks that serve as some of the active touchstones for me in these arenas. […]
The following writing prompt is an excerpt from “Mindful by Design” Exercise 5, p. 112-117, “Gratitude and Mindful Mentors.” The mentoring exercises in this chapter are also a good chance to extend gratitude to supportive guides and community members. The following is a bonus […]