We were so thrilled to interact with our PSELI OST Directors at the PSELI Brunch and Learn on November 1, 2018 at the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.
The focus was on how SEL practices can help adults cultivate greater resilience and compassion in our personal and professional lives. We experimented with a couple mindfulness practices and inquired into how we can use these tools to be true role-models of social and emotional intelligence. See below for a recap of the practices:
- Pause frequently in silence - “Everything begins and ends with quiet and rest” – this is a signature SEL “micro-practice” written into our Afternoon Meeting Lesson Plans. Use this phrase for a 10 second pause during our moments of transition throughout the day.
- A.I.N. for Self-Compassion – use this short practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) by Tara Brach when you are facing a challenging relationship or situation as a way to ease difficult emotions
- Use the T.O.P. (Stop, Take a Breath, Observe inner and outer experience, Proceed with kindness) practice when you are overwhelmed or triggered
- Remember to H.I.N.K. before you speak by asking yourself - is what I have to say True, Helpful, Informed, Necessary and Kind?
We also reviewed the Hand Model of the Brain by Dr Dan Siegel, and explored how these SEL practices can rewire our brain for greater focus, emotional regulation, and empathy. Learn more about the science behind Mindfulness-based SEL practice in this Video by Dr. Dan Siegel.
Thank you to all in attendance.