Dear Mindfulness Practitioners,
If you ever wonder why I practice mindfulness and meditation, ever since my childhood, I have been a seeker of truth and questioner of reality. As a young girl, I remember wondering why humans had to be born and what our purpose was in life. Throughout high school, I would normally have conversations with adults about Buddhist teachings and how it leads us to ultimate peace. In college, I sought to read philosophy from Plato and Socrates, to Aristotle and different religious books like, “The Art of Happiness,” by Dalai Lama, which was one of New York Times best sellers, and “Real Moments” by Barbara de Angelis, a motivational speaker, to seek out my answers.
Although I grew up thinking that I was creative and well-rounded, I didn’t have confidence in academic subjects nor in myself. Through Mindfulness practice and the art of breathing, I discovered an entire new world in my thirties where I suddenly began reading PHD dissertations and other challenging academic articles.
Today I feel that I can use both my left and right brains to maximize my potential. I am able to continue growing and remain excited about my life. Although I occasionally encounter health and work obstacles, I can control my weight through mindful eating and exercising. I am also able to regulate my negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones. Most importantly, I am surrounded by people whom I love and people who love me. All of this has been possible because of Mindfulness.
I wholeheartedly want to pass on all of these wonderful life skills and gifts to the ASB community because these are the skills that make us competent, respectful, kind, and caring. They also generate wisdom, ethical behavior, patience, and resilience. This manual contains useful information that will allow new mindful practitioners reach incredible goals in the classroom and within themselves. The manual explains why ASB implements a Mindful Education Program and outlines our collective goals.
In closing, I would like to thank my mother Mrs. Lakhana Didyasarin, my sisters Ms. Pam and Ms. Lady, and the ASB Leadership Team for their full support in making our ASB Mindful Education Program as successful as it is today. I would also like to thank my father for believing in me and encouraging me to pursue shoot for the stars in my my academic career.
Nisanart (Gift) Dharmageisirattana
More about the Founder:
Ms. Nisanart Dharmageisirattana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television from New York University (1998) and her Master’s Degree in Education Administration in Public Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (2013). From 1990 to 2004, she hosted and produced series of documentaries, various TV shows that were aired on Thailand’s national television channels. Currently, she serves The American School of Bangkok as the Assistant Director. Trained at Columbia, Yale, India, Thailand and France on various mindfulness disciplines and meditation techniques, she introduced and implemented the Mindfulness in Education program which was well received by all stakeholders at The American School of Bangkok. Among her trainees in mindfulness techniques are multibillion dollar enterprise, Amata Nakorn, executives, doctorate and master’s degree students from Thammasat University, international educators in Hong Kong and Malaysia. She is also certified in Social Emotional Learning by Yale and .b curriculum (a UK mindfulness curriculum).