Thursday, October 10, 2013

Healthy Habits of Mind

This film shows how kindergarteners in Oxford Elementary School in Berkeley, San Francisco are introduced to mindfulness in school. They practice mindful listening, mindful eating, mindful movement and yoga. Mindfulness is a way of being and one of the benefits is that it teaches how to pay attention. As a kindergartener your attention is required in order to learn how to read and write - often in an environment with a lot of external stimuli. Starting early with practicing these healthy habits of mind is a very good idea. Like learning to play an instrument it is much easier early on in life than later on in life. Includes interviews with Neuroscientist Richard Davidson and Mindful Schools Program Director Megan Cowan. Mindful Schools offers courses for educators, psychologists, and parents to learn mindfulness and use it with children and adolescents. Learn more at
Highlights (by time):
Dr. Richie Davidson – Brain Science
Mindful Listening
Mindful Eating
Mindful Movement
Interview with Kids
Dr. Richie Davidson – Brain Science
Mindful Schools Training (Megan Cowan & Chris McKena)
Mindful Schools Training
Awareness Practice

About the Filmmaker of Healthy Habits of Mind

mette-bahnsen-2Mette Bahnsen graduated with an MA in film studies from Aarhus University and has produced educational documentaries since 2001 through her own production company, Persona Film. The vision of Persona Film is to disseminate research, best practices, and create debate while highlighting narrative and visual structures. Mette has produced films on a variety of subjects including mindfulness, language, schizophrenia, relational competence, and more. Her upcoming documentary is about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in the Danish Healthcare System, featuring Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Learn more…

About the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training Course

Our Curriculum Training course teaches attendees how to use mindfulness effectively in their work with children and adolescents, and provides attendees with curricula for grades K-5 and 6-12. Click here to learn more.

Room to Breathe Documentary

If you found Healthy Habits of Mind interesting, you may also enjoy Room to Breathe, a documentary about how mindfulness transformed the lives of 7th grade children at a San Francisco middle school with the highest district suspensions.