As educators, the skills learned through MBWP have a direct impact on the states of mind and behavior that we bring to our professional work. Research suggests that practicing mindfulness may result in many beneficial outcomes for teachers, including:
Mindfulness for Performers
Many artists and musicians experience performance anxiety, excessive perfectionism, burnout, and bodily injury. As mindfulness works on awareness of the mind-body system, MBWP can give you insight into patterns of thought, emotion, and movement that prevent you from practicing and performing at your best. Emerging research among musicians demonstrates that mindfulness may result in:
Mindfulness as Pedagogy
In the MBWP program, we work with educators involved in K-College classroom and studio settings who teach everything from performance skills to graduate level research. Therefore, rather than providing a prescribed curriculum, we help educators interested in teaching MBWP principles to design lesson plans and curriculum appropriate to their needs and interests. Previous participants have implemented MBWP principles into warm-up exercises, listening and movement skills, conducting curriculum, and practice and rehearsal strategies among others.
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The initial stages of MBWP are focused on developing physiological regulation and embodied grounding as a means of aiding meditative practice and artistic expression. Working with our breath and bodies helps to calm our nervous system, facilitating our ability to anchor our awareness in the present moment.
During the middle stages of the curriculum, concentration and awareness are cultivated through mindful and deliberate exploration of our senses, emotions, and patterns of thought, leading to greater clarity, stability, and equanimity.
As we non-judgmentally examine our habitual ways of feeling, thinking, and acting, we gain insight into how our perceptions color reality, giving us the opportunity to let go of unfruitful ways of experiencing and responding to ourselves and others. We then work on reframing our experiences such that they are aligned with our personal values.
During the final stages of MBWP training, after reducing our reactivity through mindful awareness, we develop the capacity to act intentionally in the world, using our experiences, aspirations, values, and ethics as a compass for wise and compassionate action.