According to the 2010 Children's Defense Fund report on The State of America's Children, once every second, a child is suspended; every eleven seconds, a high school student drops out; every twenty seconds, a student is corporally punished; every three hours, a child or teen is killed by a firearm; every five hours, a child or teem commits suicide; and every six hours, a child or teen dies of abuse or neglect.
Amy Saltzman is a holistic physician, mindfulness coach, and scientist who defines mindfulness as "the universal human capacity for paying attention with kindness and curiosity." This paperback presents a detailed, step-by-step guide to the eight-week, mindfulness-based Still Quiet Place curriculum. The groundwork for this project was laid by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, and their colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
With chapters on breath, thought watching, the unkind mind, feelings, responding, communicating, and love, this paperback is brimming with good news about mindfulness and its healing powers. The "Still Quiet Place" is experienced between the in-breath and the out-breath. Saltzman makes a strong case that regularly attending to it with mindfulness can change the state of America's children.