Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training.
The characteristic affects such as anger, fear, loneliness, desire, love and playful joy make emotions so important in our lives, and perhaps the lives of many other animals. Still, affect is such a slippery brain process, more easily discussed from first than third person perspectives, that there is little agreement on how to create a solid science of affective experience. Science is much better positioned to study objective entities of the world as opposed to subjective entities of the brain. Only because of advances in brain research, as highlighted in this issue, is progress finally being made on that slippery topic.
It is important to foster a learning environment in which students feel safe, relaxed, and willing to take risks, especially for learners who may have had negative experiences in traditional classroom environments. Students often describe supportive learning environments as expanding their sense of family and enhancing their self-esteem, which, when combined with increased literacy skills, help students take more chances in pursuing their goals.
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