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Johanna Bond

Johanna Bond is a master's student in the community mental health counseling program at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.  She is from the Rochester area and graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010 with a degree in psychology and English.

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  1. Caroline Sound
    Caroline Sound at |

    Interesting post, I enjoyed reading this. I would say mindfulness was where you concentrate on your own without interuption about what ever comes into your mind. Having no external influences. I think everyone should do this every day it would make the world a much more patient and pleasant place to be!

  2. Kristen B.
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    It seems interesting that students are practicing mindfulness in the class. It is nice that promoting mindfulness would create positive impact on the treatment results of their patients. Perhaps it will definitely help counselors if they raise their level of awareness of their patients. Thanks for the interesting article.

  3. Joe
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    “Living in the now” is not simply a mindset belonging to those practitioners of the aesthetic arts. Yoga and meditation attempt to induce a passive “state of mind” while true spiritual exercises are very active with specific intentions. The”now” is not simply a state of mind to be scientifically studied, but a state of consciousness achieved through active spiritual exercises. Passivity is not for the bold souls looking for enlightenment. Only the adventurers will achieve spiritual enlightenment, which physical sciences don’t have the tools to measure or understand.

  4. Peter Shaw
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    “Awareness”, or “mindfulness” as it is sometimes called, is very much an initial step in the practice of meditation – something we strongly advocate as an antidote to human stress.  Stress may be responsible, either wholly or partly, for the personal difficulties for which patients turn to psychoptherapists, and so is in my view an important part of their training.  Thank you for an interesting post.

  5. Lisa
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    What an interesting article about “mindfullness” and how it is being taught in a class room setting. I think more professors should include this into their lesson. It will help keep the stress level down for the students and make a better learning environment for us all.

  6. Julie
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    Nice to hear that students are practicing mindfulness in the class these days. I like to promote mindfulness when working with my patients…makes a positive impact so far. Thanks for sharing…

  7. Ann
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    mindfulness to me is where you concentrate on your own without interuption (when possible) about what ever comes into your mind. Without all the stressful day to day external influences. If most of us would be able to do that daily it would make our society more patient and pleasant place to be!

  8. Marcus
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    I really felt like leaving a comment in response to your blog on mindfullness in the class room.
    I am a practicing buddhist and make a daily effort to be present and mindful in all my activites, though it is somewhat challenging!
    I work in a young offenders unit and have been introducing mindfulness in small ways. One such way is through listening to a single sound to see if we can acheive pockets of concentration, usually 30 seconds. It is a useful way to support young people who present challenging behavior.
    Thanks again.

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