AMS2022 Learning Session
Calm, Clear, Kind: Compassion in and Through Education
In this case study I will share the aims of my Applied Compassion Project with the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. I am developing this project with various partners in school and educational settings. My project is supported by my mentor Monica Hanson of CCARE .
The intention of the project is to:
● create and enhance compassionate communities in education
● to create welcoming spaces where identity, voice and interdependence are cultivated
● to prevent and relieve suffering that arises due to loneliness, exclusion, othering
It is my hope to support educators, parents and students, in the classroom and at the system level, to recognize and honour our common humanity more fully. I firmly believe that when we act from the home base of compassion, toward self and others, we create a more inclusive society and support human flourishing. I think this project is relevant and timely as we see our educators and families suffering due to the long reaching impact of the pandemic. We have been socially distant for over two years, and as a result we have witnessed increasing anxiety, loneliness, disillusionment and even fear of one another. We have it within us to create spaces where we all feel safe, valued, seen and heard. We also have a responsibility to address issues of systemic racism and suffering related to discrimination with regard to gender, language, sexual identity and religion. Compassion is innate and it can be cultivated. It can be embraced as the foundation of society and a way of being that builds strong, caring and safe places to learn and thrive.
Theresa Meikle B.Ed. , M.A. (T) . O.C.T.
Theresa’s background as an English and Dramatic Arts high school teacher, facilitator and school administrator has provided many opportunities to share her enthusiasm for learning and growth in the personal and professional sphere. Her training and dedicated practice in mindfulness and compassion in many contexts have provided her with a rich understanding of how mindfulness practices enhance life, build resilience and connection to self and others. Theresa is an instructor in the Mindfulness Meditation Certificate program. with the School of Continuing Studies: University of Toronto. In addition, she offers and facilitates programs, retreats and workshops in the areas of mindfulness, mindful living and mindful leadership. Currently she is taking certification Applied Compassion Training through Stanford University School of Medicine: The Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). Theresa’s certifications in non-clinical mindfulness include: Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford – Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Mindful Living, Mindful Movement University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies: Foundations and Applied Specialization Mindfulness Meditation Mindfulness Without Borders: Mindful Ambassador Program and Mindful At Work University of British Columbia/ Mindfulness Everyday: S.M.A.R.T. (Stress Management and Resiliency Training)