Meditative and Mindful Practicing of Self

  • Leanne Tonkin OISE - University of Toronto
Keywords: Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, meditation, mindfulness


This short overview is of some findings from a study on a secular meditation of children living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The children in my study had for several years practiced a breath awareness and loving kindness meditation at the NGO where they lived and/or at the school they attend. I asked three guiding questions:

1)    How does the child experience meditation?

2)    How does the child build morality through meditation practice?

How does the child’s meditation practice offer certain “protective” benefits?

Author Biography

Leanne Tonkin, OISE - University of Toronto
I am a recent graduate of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Living in India for 2.5 years, I conducted a pedagogical phenomenological study with children who practise a secular meditation at the NGO where they reside and/or at the school they attend.
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