Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) wrote the book on breathing, literally, and believes mindfulness should be taught in schools and around the globe. He is a psychologist and educational consultant and has been practicing meditation for 20 years. He has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries.
Today we dig into the importance of mindfulness in children as suicide rates are on the rise with more anxiety and depression in this vulnerable population than ever before. He shares how important it is for parents to lead the way, and offers a few tips and tricks he uses with his own son.
Dr. Willard currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, along with six sets of cards and therapeutic games, available in more than ten languages. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.
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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”
In your ears, filling your heart.