9: Child's Mind

Chris WillardTom talks with psychotherapist Chris Willard about his book, Child’s Mind, to be published this summer by Parallax Press. 

In the book, Chris discusses the benefits of teaching meditation to kids, adolescents, and young people. He not only presents scientific research, but also draws from contemplative traditions and uses storytelling to illustrate larger points.<--break->  He would also like you to know that Buddhists and other meditators are not doormats.

Listen

Listen to Episode 6 Episode 9: Child’s Mind.

About Our Guest

Chris Willard received his doctorate in psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is currently pursuing postdoctoral work at Tufts University. He has been meditating for over ten years and has participated in retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Noah Levine, Pema Chodron and others in Asia and the U.S.

He is part of a growing movement within psychotherapy that seeks to integrate meditation and mindfulness practices into therapy and to study their effects.

Music in This Episode

Intro: “The Remainder,” Rosehips from the album Rosehips.

Intermission: “Goliath,” The Receiver from the album Decades.

Outro: “Enough,” Rosehips from the album Rosehips.

Resources

The Insight Meditation Society is a Buddhist non-profit organization located in Barre, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1975 by Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. 

The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions, especially Buddhism.

To promote a more peaceful, harmonious, and compassionate society, the Inner Kids Foundation has taught mindful awareness programs in under-served schools and neighborhoods in Los Angeles since 2000.

Self-compassion.org provides information about self-compassion, and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public.

The Institute for Meditation and Pscychotherapy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals interested in the integration of mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy.

The Mindfulness in Education Network works to facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.

Books 

Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho [Dalai Lama XIV]. 2005. The universe in a single atom: the convergence of science and spirituality. New York: Morgan Road Books.

Chödrön, Pema. 1997. When things fall apart: heart advice for difficult times. Boston: Shambhala.

Faber, Adele, and Elaine Mazlish. 1982. How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk. New York, N.Y.: Avon.

Feldman, Christina, and Jack Kornfield. 1991. Stories of the spirit, stories of the heart: parables of the spiritual path from around the world. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Germer, Christopher K. 2009. The mindful path to self-compassion: freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions. New York: Guilford Press.

Germer, Christopher K., Ronald D. Siegel, and Paul R. Fulton. 2005. Mindfulness and psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Greenland, Susan Kaiser. 2010. The mindful child: how to help your kid manage stress and become happier, kinder, and more compassionate. New York: Free Press.

Gunaratana, Henepola. 2002. Mindfulness in plain English. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Hayes, Steven C., and Spencer Xavier Smith. 2005. Get out of your mind & into your life: the new acceptance & commitment therapy. A new Harbinger self-help workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Hesse, Hermann. 1951. Siddhartha. New York: New Directions.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. 1990. Full catastrophe living: using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press.

Klass, Perri, and Eileen Costello. 2003. Quirky kids:understanding and helping your child who doesn’t fit in—when to worry and when not to worry. New York: Ballantine Books.

Kornfield, Jack. 2008. The wise heart: a guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. New York: Bantam Books.

Levine, Noah. 2003. Dharma punx: a memoir. New York: HarperOne.

Loundon, Sumi. 2001. Blue jean Buddha: voices of young Buddhists. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Muth, Jon J. 2005. Zen shorts. New York: Scholastic Press.

Nhá̂t Hạnh, Thích. 1996. The stone boy and other stories. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.

Nhá̂t Hạnh, Thích and Mai Vo-Dinh. 1987. The miracle of mindfulness: a manual on meditation. Boston: Beacon Press.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 2003. Turning the mind into an ally. New York: Riverhead Books.

Schoeberlein, Deborah R., and Suki Sheth. 2009. Mindful teaching & teaching mindfulness: a guide for anyone who teaches anything. Somerville MA: Wisdom Publications.

Tezuka, Osamu. Various. Buddha. [Graphic Novel Series]. New York: Vertical.

Willard, Christopher. 2010. Child’s mind: mindfulness practices to help our children be more focused, calm, and relaxed. Berkeley, Calif: Parallax Press.

Williams, J. Mark G. 2007. The mindful way through depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness. New York: Guilford Press.

Winston, Diana. 2003. Wide awake: a Buddhist guide for teens. New York: Perigee Book.

Comments

the universe in a raisin!

awesome exercise! i think all of us should be much more mindful of what we put into our bodies. (food inc. woke me up to that big time.)

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