Mindfulness, meditation, and the breath

I just returned home from speaking at the 2011 Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) Conference in Bloomington, IN, where I co-presented a session on Mindfulness in motion: connecting the musician’s mind and body with Julianne M. Miranda to a really wonderful group of music teachers. I haven’t seen such an engaged and enthusiastic audience in quite awhile! Thanks to all who attended for making it such a delight.

During our presentation, Julianne and I talked about mindfulness, meditation, and how the breath can support these practices. I arrived home to find that synchronicity had been at work to place a short video talk (3:27 minutes) by Sharon Salzberg, noted Buddhist teacher, on meditation and the breath in my Facebook feed from The Well Daily. It is a delight to listen to her echo the value of the breath in a meditation practice immediately on the heels of our presentation.

To see our handout or read more about our presentation, check out the event page for today’s talk. I’m delighted to say that we’ve already been invited to present on this topic again at another venue. Watch the News & Events page or the Facebook page for more information once it is available.