From Metacognition to Mindfulness

Early in my teacher training we focused on metacognition: helping students acquire knowledge about their own cognitive processes. When students understood how they perceived and processed information, they could use this understanding to help themselves best learn.

I think of mindfulness as metacorpuscognition: understanding how our minds and bodies interact, how this interaction affects the way we perceive and process information, and how neuroplasticity allows us to reshape the physical structures involved in this interaction.

Or, in other words, breathing deeply ­čÖé

Filling up the cup

Sometimes we writers, and all humans, really, need to refill our cups of creativity and abundance.

We’ve poured it out on pages, on people we love, on the world, freely. 

But the world gives back when we let it. 













Breathing it all in deeply…
 
looking closely…

listening carefully…

watching the stars.

I find this in the mountains, under a tree, on city streets, and especially,
any time I see a sleepy dog nearby.

I was blessed this week to experience a renewal of abundance in Carpinteria, Ca.
Paying attention to the ocean and moon, I met creatures in the tidal pools at low tide, found treasures washed up by high tide, and let the rhythmic sounds of the waves wash over me.
We danced in the sand.
And now my cup is full.

Filling Up the Cup

Sometimes we writers, and humans, really, need to refill our cups of creativity and abundance.

cappucinoWe’ve poured it out on pages, on people we love, on the world.

heart anemone

 

But the world gives back when we let it. Love. Beauty. Peace.

 

We can take it all in, deeply…

 

looking closely…

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stone

listening carefully…

birds

and watching the stars.

tidal pool starfish sunset

I find it in the mountains, at the beach,

on city streets,┬áand especially…

sleepy pug

whenever I see a sleepy dog.┬áThere’s something about the slow rise and fall of a canine chest, the gentle snore, those dream-tickled twitching paws. Dogs are perfect examples of being fully in the moment, whatever that moment may be.

I was blessed this week to experience a renewal of abundance in Carpinteria, California. Paying attention to the ocean and moon, I met creatures in the tidal pools at low tide, found treasures washed up by high tide, and let the rhythmic sounds of the waves wash over me. Jules

We danced in the sand.
Julie Gail

And now, my cup is full.