The Mindfulness Teaching Guide
About the Book
You must embody mindfulness in order to teach it. The Mindfulness Teaching Guide offers a thorough and practical guide for mindfulness teachers and professionals, offering a systematic approach to developing the teaching methods, skills, and competencies needed to become a proficient mindfulness teacher.
Mindfulness has captured public attention like never before. From the classroom to the boardroom, everyone is trying to make present moment awareness a part of daily life. Likewise, more and more professionals are adopting mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in their work, whether it’s in healthcare, education, counseling, or social services. However, many people lack the resources needed to teach mindfulness well.
In this guide, you’ll learn the three essential skills of being an effective mindfulness teacher: how to guide mindfulness practice, how to explore mindful inquiry, and how to give didactic presentations. Along with teaching underlying theory, this book also offers practical options, suggestions, examples, and even reminder lists so you can swiftly put what you learn to use. The approach in this book is descriptive instead of prescriptive, offering options instead of instructions to help you develop your own style of teaching.
If you want to improve the way you teach mindfulness—no matter what kind of setting you’re in—this book is for you.
Books by Rob Brandsma
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses
—Kristin Neff, PhD, associate professor in the department of educational psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, and author of Self-Compassion
—Jeffrey Brantley, MD, founder and director of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Duke Integrative Medicine, author of Calming Your Angry Mind, and coauthor of Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind
—Danny Penman, PhD, coauthor of the international bestseller, Mindfulness
—Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
—Thorsten Barnhofer, PhD, associate professor at the University of Exeter, and coauthor of Mindfulness and the Transformation of Despair
—Willem Kuyken, professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford
—Christopher Germer, PhD, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
—Ruth Baer, author of The Practicing Happiness Workbook
—Anne Speckens, professor of psychiatry, and founder and director of the Radboud University Medical Centre for Mindfulness in Nijmegen, Netherlands
—Rebecca Crane, PhD, director at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in the United Kingdom
“As mindfulness training becomes ever more popular, more and more people are drawn to share their experience of it. Sadly, not all of these have taken the time to train appropriately. Rob Brandsma has a deep understanding of MBSR and other mindfulness-based approaches, and the wisdom he shares in this book will be a great help to anyone setting out on the path of teaching mindfulness to others.”
—Michael Chaskalson, author of Mindfulness in Eight Weeks
“Based on years of experience, Rob Brandsma offers mindfulness teachers clear, step-by-step guidance for leading students through the often-challenging adventure of learning mindfulness practices. Filled with detailed, real-world examples, this book offers us a caring, balanced, seasoned mentor at our side as we strive to help our students live richer, more awakened lives.”
—Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, part-time assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and author of The Mindfulness Solution