What are the prerequisites for taking MEE (Mindful Educator Essentials)?
There are many curricula that can be purchased off the shelf and implemented after a short PowerPoint training — the Mindful Schools curriculum is not one of them. Instead, we see the cultivation of formal and informal mindfulness practice as the central pillar around which we teach mindfulness techniques to youth.
One of the driving forces of our community is the principle that when educators can observe and work with their own psychological conditioning, they will have more success teaching students the skills of attention and emotional balance.
In this spirit, these are the minimum prerequisites for taking Mindful Educator Essentials:
1) Completion of a standard 6-8 week course in the fundamentals of secular mindfulness. Currently approved courses include:
- Mindfulness Fundamentals (Mindful Schools)
- Weekend Retreat (Mindful Schools)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in person or online)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (in person or online)
- Another (6-week or longer) online or in-person secular mindfulness course from an acknowledged provider (e.g. UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, etc.)
Exceptions to this are made for long-time meditation practitioners who have sat at least one, 3-day silent retreat. Additionally, practitioners must have experience studying and practicing the core skills presented in our curriculum, including:
- Mindfulness of body sensation, breath and sound
- Noting and labeling of thoughts, emotions & sensations
- The body scan
- The cultivation of positive states (e.g. 'heartfulness' or kindness) through intention and phrases
- An understanding of both focused awareness and open monitoring
2) The commitment to an on-going, daily practice, including a minimum of 20 minutes of formal seated mindfulness practice.
I've done TM, Yoga teacher training, or ... Does that meet the prerequisites?
Unfortunately, for the reasons explained above, the following trainings, modalities and activities do not meet the prerequisite:
- Yoga, Reiki, Transcendental Meditation
- Any other meditation practice solely focused on mantra recitation
- Reading mindfulness books
Even if you have a long practice history, Mindfulness Fundamentals or another secular mindfulness course is highly recommended as part of your overall training program. It will ensure that you are “synced up” with the terms, language and methods used in our trainings and in other secular mindfulness trainings.
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