What is a good definition of mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn

We often watch athletes live in the present so well, but do we pay attention at how well they do stay in the moment? Here’s a great definition of mindfulness that we can use in our tennis matches as we try to pay attention to our focus on the match. Can we leave school and school life outside the tennis lines and enjoy our match tomorrow? Can we cultivate Zinn’s defeinition in our own mind while we play? Can we develop an awareness that “arises from paying attention on purpose in the moment in a non-judgmental way”?  Instead of getting frustrated when we nap and hit the tap, can we revaluate our footwork and knee bend?  How can our present mistakes open doors to turning the match around for us? 

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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2 Responses to What is a good definition of mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn

  1. Patrick Shanahan says:

    When the tennis ball meets the strings, may your breath sing, with overwhelming joy that you are holding a toy! May it be a simple moment of pure simple enjoyment! Just play for now for today just play!! PJ

  2. Pingback: Girls Varsity Tennis Off To A Good Season | Mr. Sullivan's Digital Classroom

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