Goals: Care must be taken by the instructor not to overemphasize achieving the goal(s) of meditation. Often, when there is too much emphasis on trying to reach the goal, the benefits of meditating can be hindered. On the other hand, when the goal of meditation is held loosely, then the goal is more easily approached. For this class meditation activity, the instructor might loosely hold several interrelated goals for their students: cultivate experiences of first person attention, concentration, and awareness while simultaneously developing capacities for insight, imagination, exploration, and discernment of ideas related to class content and applications to everyday life. Another goal of the class meditation is to provide an opportunity for students to share and dialogue about their personal insights discovered during meditation.
Original Publication Citation
Baesler, E. J. (2015). Meditating in the classroom: Cultivating attention and insight. Listening Education, 1(6), 8-15.
Baesler, E. James, "Meditation in the Classroom: Cultivating Attention and Insight" (2015). Communication & Theatre Arts Faculty Publications. 2.