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Helping individuals, schools, and businesses implement mindfulness-based social and emotional learning
Hi! My name is Miriam (Mimi) Ojaghi and I have over 15 years of experience applying mindfulness. As a certified teacher with over two decades of experience in the K-20 setting, I have collaborated with teachers and students at every grade level including five years as a middle school teacher and 12 years as a college instructor. My dissertation research examined the experience of under-represented minority students pursuing STEM degrees to whom I taught mindfulness.
I completed mindfulness trainings with the Koru Mindfulness Center at Duke University as well as the Learning 2 Breathe program as a component of my doctoral studies at Aurora University. I founded Resilient Mind Consulting to address elements of social justice within the framework of contemplative practice. I am a skillful collaborator and enjoy working with my clients to create a personalized plan for successful implementation of mindfulness based social emotional learning opportunities.
By focusing on the present moment without judgement, mindfulness can help practitioners develop the resilience to fulfill their potential. In addition to proven health benefits including improvements in stress levels, blood pressure, and sleep, learning to be attuned to oneself increases the capacity for openness and agility. These, in turn, can foster creativity & receptivity to divergent thinking and differing perspectives. Finally, the self and social awareness facilitated by mindfulness include the capacity to build compassion and empathy towards oneself and others. Not only does this often translate to improved relationships with others, it can promote connections that ‘resonate’ by provide insight into the hearts and minds of others, thereby allowing for diverse constituents to collaborate more effectively.
I provide a comprehensive consultation to help identify gaps and opportunities followed by a variety of options that may include but are not limited to: Guest speaking/informational presentations on mindfulness, diversity, and education; Koru Mindfulness, Learning 2 Breathe, or customized courses (ranging in length from half day to several weeks) for the business, educational, or personal setting, as well as personalized retreats and workshops.
"I really liked a lot of the research, especially information about how teacher stress affects students. I also enjoyed the examples.”
"Your class has taught me that thoughts are just thoughts. I am constantly thinking and stressing over something. Now, I am able to remind myself day-to-day that thoughts are not reality."
“It’s so super helpful. It forces us to think slower, breath slower, and to learn to 'recenter' ourselves and the children.”
"It gave me that little bit of extra patience for dealing with students at the end of the day that I would not have had otherwise."
Educator Informational Presentation (90 minutes)
During this interactive session, participants will learn about the role of contemplative practice in relation to the CASEL Social Emotional Learning standards and CCSS. Instruction includes the neuroscientific research about stress and how it affects the nervous system, the relevance of incorporating mindfulness practices, and the implications for teaching. Lecture and discussion will be supplemented with contemplative practice opportunities.
Educator Informational & Classroom Strategies Workshop (3 hours)
In addition to information about the basic tenets of mindfulness and contemplative practice as they complement CASEL SEL standards and CCSS, participants have the opportunity to practice specific relaxation and attention focusing techniques at length. Instruction also includes examples of classroom implementation recommendations and specific curricular connections that can be tailored for different grade levels & instruction.
“Mental Floss” or Mindfulness Class for Educators (4, 8, 12 weeks in length, 12-15 person limit; this course can also be delivered in 2 full day presentations )
We all try to brush and floss, many of us even exercise, but what do we do for our brains!? In this interactive and restorative course, participants come together once a week to learn how to floss their brains. Each one hour session includes a brief check-in period, and practice of specific mindfulness techniques.
Parent University/ Community Outreach (60-90 minutes)
Parents are tasked with navigating the challenges of raising children at a time of unprecedented levels of technology use as well as dramatic increases in anxiety, loneliness, suicide, and other mental health concerns. Infused with humor and honest personal examples, Dr. Ojaghi offers practical solutions for addressing these concerns utilizing mindfulness and other contemplative practices.
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