A Guide to Meditation in the Classroom
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  • Author: William Meyer
  • Product Code: 85721
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-572-1
  • Pages: 256
  • 1 Paperback / softback
  • Size: 5.50 x 8.50



Meditation can be a potent practice for creating focus and facilitating learning in the classroom, for kindergarteners, grad students, and everyone in between. Longtime schoolteacher William Meyer has taught a variety of meditation techniques to students, fellow teachers, and parents with remarkable results. In Three Breaths and Begin, Meyer details how teachers can incorporate mindfulness into their curricula every day. He covers every aspect of teaching meditation, from creating a dedicated space in the classroom to meditating on field trips, in sports settings, and even in the midst of tragedy. Offering numerous ready-to-use scripted meditations, this insightful, practical, and loving guide will benefit anyone interested in the well-being of students — and, most of all, the students themselves.


“In our fractured world, helping students find tools for peace, clarity, and compassion may be the greatest gift any educator could hope for. William Meyer offers a clear road map of realistic, accessible, and down-to-earth tools that can change young lives. Not only does Three Breaths and Begin provide clear guidelines for making meditation work in diverse classroom situations, it gets extra credit for its many stories, all shared with an engaging sense of authenticity, humility, and humor.”
— Donald Altman, former monk, teacher, and author of Reflect: Awaken to the Wisdom of the Here and Now and One-Minute Mindfulness

“With engaging stories and heartfelt guidance, Three Breaths and Begin is a great resource for teachers who are considering bringing meditation into their classrooms. William Meyer demonstrates how silence can help young minds blossom.”
— Rick Heller, author of Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy

Three Breaths and Begin is a truly unique guide to integrating meditation into every aspect of modern school life: taking tests, giving speeches, playing sports, going on field trips, and, when tragedy strikes, bringing healing to the entire community. . . . The wealth of inspiring stories from the classroom and the practical, down-to-earth specifics make this guide a worthy treasure.”
— Linda Graham, MFT, author of Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster

“If you have ever wondered (even for a moment) if mindfulness practice has a place in the classroom, this is a must-read. And for anyone who craves a little beauty and hope in this ever-spinning world, pick up Three Breaths and Begin and enjoy!”
— Jennifer Rosenzweig, English teacher and chair of the Student Wellness Committee at Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, New York

Three Breaths and Begin is an invaluable resource for teachers, school psychologists, social workers, and guidance counselors to implement mindfulness in the classroom. As a school psychologist, I really appreciate how easy it is to pick up this book and incorporate the techniques. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering implementing mindfulness in a school or group setting.”
— Dr. Minu Thomas, elementary school psychologist at the Bronxville School, Bronxville, New York