Gratitude as Mindfulness

Mindfulness Teacher Shahara Godfrey shares her thoughts on gratitude during this holiday season, as well as a special poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. The purpose of practicing mindfulness in our daily lives is to be present to what is actually going on…not to what we want it to be or hope it to be. Everything we... Continue Reading →

Mindfulness Practice: Focusing on the Body

Mindfulness Teacher Shahara Godfrey shares her thoughts on – and a meditation exercise about – appreciating our bodies and ourselves. The Body Let me begin with a reminder about the definition of mindfulness: mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience. I especially like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness: “Mindfulness means paying... Continue Reading →

Mindfulness Practice: Everyday Transitions

Mindfulness Teacher Shahara Godfrey shares her thoughts on - and a meditation exercise about - noticing transitions in our everyday lives. Transitions By now, you have settled down in school.  Summer is over and autumn has arrived. Perhaps the adjustment to a school routine has happened. And, maybe for some of you, it is still... Continue Reading →

On Mindfulness at Bay: Shahara Godfrey’s Perspective

How would you describe your role at Bay? My role is to coordinate mindfulness meditation throughout the school in ways that students, faculty and administration can participate. What was your first impression of Bay? What is your impression now? Prior to coming to Bay, I did some research and was impressed with the philosophy of... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Mindfulness

A Thanksgiving reminder from Bay's mindfulness teacher, Shahara: This week the focus of the mindfulness practice is on cultivating a gratitude practice. We all know the holiday is Thanksgiving which is one of appreciation and giving thanks. The invitation is to extend yourself to be mindful of the many ways you are grateful. It is... Continue Reading →

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