Yes. Mindfulness has made me a better teacher. I hadn't really thought about the benefits of my own mindfulness practice until there was an incident in my college class last March. Near the end of class, I asked if there were any questions. A student raised her hand and then become very angry. As she lashed out and got louder and angrier, I thought to myself “She's having a really bad day. I wonder what’s going on”. I found myself listening – really listening and responding calmly instead of reacting.
During my SMART mindfulness training course facilitated by Carla Waites, she told a similar story. I remember at the time thinking how remarkable her response was so I decided to share more about the benefits of mindfulness by interviewing Carla.
1. Thanks for agreeing to this interview Carla. Can you start off by introducing yourself?
I am a facilitator for the UBC Faculty of...