“The first step toward peace-building is through looking inward, cultivating your own inner peace and then, looking outward to bring peace to the world.
As Mindfulness Ambassadors you are joining hundreds of council members from around the world who stand for kindness and compassion – driving positive impact in your community”.
With that encouragement and inspiration to volunteer as a future mindfulness -facilitator, I left the day long Exploration workshop conducted by Mindfulness Without Borders, a non-profit organization founded by Theo Koffler and boasting an advisory council that includes Deepak Chopra andDaniel Goleman.
Having initiated programs in Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria and North America, the organization focuses on educating youth, empowering them to face life’s challenges equipped with the tools of mindful-awareness and social-emotional competencies.
Centered around a highly participatory “Ambassador Council” process, the program consists of twelve council sessions spread over twelve weeks, exploring topics ranging from mindful listening, mind-body awareness, to handling emotional triggers, living positive values and being the change.
The expectation is that graduates from the program will continue to build on this foundation by sharing this knowledge with their community (in daily life and as trained facilitators) as well as deepening their own practice.
The educational content derived from research done at CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) focuses on 5 main domains:
- Social awareness
- Relationship skills
- Responsible decision making
A pilot program with schools in the Greater Toronto Area is slated to commence in the fall of 2011.
For a glimpse into their work, watch this: