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About Susan Kaiser Greenland
Susan Kaiser Greenland is a mindfulness and meditation teacher. She has studied meditation with teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since 1997.
Susan worked as a corporate lawyer from 1988 to 2005. During that time she developed the Inner Kids program while volunteering in public schools teaching secular mindfulness. Inner Kids is a hybrid of classical mindfulness and meditation practices that have been adapted for children, and one of the first mindfulness programs in education. Susan and her husband, the author Seth Greenland, founded The Inner Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that taught secular mindfulness in schools and community-based programs in the greater Los Angeles area from 2001 through 2009. She eventually left her law practice to work with children, teachers, and parents full-time.
Susan was on the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, co-investigator on a UCLA research study on the impact of mindfulness in education, and a collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and caregivers. Research on the Inner Kids elementary school program has been published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology.
Quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today, Real Simple, and Parents Magazine, Susan has also written for the Huffington Post and other publications. She currently works in the United States and abroad as an author, public speaker, and educator on the subject of sharing secular mindfulness and meditation with children and families.
Susan and her husband live in Los Angeles, California, and have two grown children.
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Mindful awareness works by enabling you to pay closer attention to what is happening within you—your thoughts, feelings, and emotions—so you can better understand what is happening to you. The Mindful Child extends the vast benefits of mindfulness training to children from four to eighteen years old with age-appropriate exercises, songs, games, and fables that Susan Kaiser Greenland has developed over more than a decade of teaching mindful awareness to kids.
These fun and friendly techniques build kids’ inner and outer awareness and attention, which positively affects their academic performance as well as their social and emotional skills, such as making friends, being compassionate and kind to others, and playing sports, while also providing tools to manage stress and to overcome specific challenges like insomnia, overeating, ADHD, hyper-perfectionism, anxiety, and chronic pain.
When children take a few moments before responding to stressful situations, they allow their own healthy inner compasses to click in and guide them to become more thoughtful, resilient, and empathetic. The step-by-step process of mental training presented in The Mindful Child provides tools from which all children—and all families—will benefit.
Playing games is a great way for kids to improve their focus and become more mindful. In this book, The Mindful Child author Susan Kaiser Greenland shares how parents, caregivers, and teachers can bring mindfulness into the classroom or home. She provides 50 entertaining games that develop what she calls the new "A, B, C's"—Attention, Balance, and Compassion—for your child's learning, happiness, and success, offering context and guidance throughout. She introduces:
· Anchor games that develop concentration
· Visualization games that encourage kindness and focus
· Analytical games that cultivate clear thinking
· Awareness games for sensory awareness, self-regulating emotions, and gaining insight into ourselves, others, and relationships
Even though the games are designed for kids, they can be just as fun and transformative for adults. Greenland encourages parents and caregivers to develop their own Attention, Balance, and Compassion and to explore the universal concepts that she presents. Our own mindfulness has a powerful effect on everyone in our lives—especially our children.
“Os pais muitas vezes me pedem conselhos sobre como serem atentos com seus filhos. De agora em diante, vou indicar a eles este livro extremamente útil, repleto de descobertas sobre a criação dos filhos e sobre como ensiná-los de maneira gentil e habilidosa. Um livro verdadeiramente inspirador.”
Sharon Salzberg, autora de Lovingkindness: the revolutionary art of happiness.
“Neste livro encantador, Susan oferece aos pais uma alternativa à cultura materialista, através do cultivo da atenção, do equilíbrio emocional e da compaixão. Repleta de histórias envolventes e atividades lúdicas, a dedicação da autora para tornar temas clássicos acessíveis a todas as crianças é evidente ao longo de sua obra.”
B. Alan Wallace, presidente do Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies e autor de Felicidade genuína (Ed. Lúcida Letra) e Aquietando a mente (Ed. Lúcida Letra) entre outras obras.
“A atenção plena não é um luxo, é o cerne de nossas vidas. Susan Kaiser Greenland demonstra brilhantemente como a atenção plena pode dar a uma criança a mais importante
ferramenta para ela florescer ao longo da vida.”
Matthieu Ricard, autor de Felicidade: a prática do bem-estar (Ed. Palas Athena) e A revolução do altruísmo (Ed. Palas Athena)