Discover 正念 at Middlesex



正念 can be summed up as “inner education.” 正念 practice helps us to be a scientist of our experience and supports us in:

1. Understanding and training our attention

2. 看到的想法, 情绪, and feelings more clearly and learning to relate to them in a more skillful way

3. Becoming aware of the habits of our own mind and intentionally cultivating particular qualities that are more aligned with our values

4. Learning how to better connect and attune with others, and developing more awareness of our relationship with our environment.

The School Community Model

At Middlesex we have a full-time 教师 member dedicated to supporting our entire school community (students, 教师, 工作人员, 父母, and alumni) in mindfulness practice. In all the mindfulness programs, decision to practice mindfulness is always up to the person. It is always an invitation.


All new students at Middlesex participate in an Introduction to 正念 course in the fall semester that meets once a week for 40 minutes over the course of ten weeks.

Feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive; 97% of those surveyed would recommend the course to others.  学生 report that the course helped them 睡眠 better, concentrate on schoolwork, 减轻压力, 专注于运动, and improve 的关系 with themselves and others.

After participating in the Introduction to 正念 course, students have the option to attend several Level 2 正念 courses, such as Improving Your Practice, 正念 in Sports, or 正念 and the Brain to continue to explore mindfulness and deepen their practice.  学生 can also choose to participate in the 正念 Club or have the opportunity to practice at the beginning of our weekly chapel.


Over 70 教师 and 工作人员 have been through the Introduction to 正念 course and many participate in the level 2 教员/员工 groups.


Since 2013,  10-week Introduction to 正念 courses have been offered to local 父母. 父母 are also welcome to attend the annual summer mindfulness retreat on campus.


The Director of 正念 Programs also supports alumni, including providing resources and a summer retreat on campus.

Director of 正念 Program

道格·沃森,MX ' 96 teaches the 正念 program at Middlesex.  Doug began his mindfulness practice in 1999 as a way to 减轻压力 and enhance his athletic performance as a member of the University of Virginia national championship lacrosse team.  Since he began practicing, he has seen the benefits in athletics, 的关系, 业务, and overall happiness. In 2007, Doug was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma; treatment included a bone marrow transplant.  Doug credits mindfulness as key in his survival and healing. He came out of that experience committed to sharing mindfulness with youth.  Doug has attended many mindfulness retreats and trained as a mindfulness educator at such places as the UMass Center for 正念布朗大学Mindful Education Institute,和 正念 in Schools Project.

History of 正念

1979年. Jon Kabat-Zinn (parent of two Middlesex alumni) held the first secular mindfulness course, called 正念-Based Stress Reduction, at UMass Medical School. Now mindfulness has become a mainstream influence in medicine, 心理学, 业务, and education and featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2014. Over thirty years of research supports the use of mindfulness, which include improvements in attention, 睡眠, 情绪调节, 自尊, 焦虑, 抑郁症和多动症.  Recent brain imaging research, including work by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, shows that mindfulness practice positively alters the structures of the brain associated with learning, 内存, 同理心, 和压力.

正念 Speakers at Middlesex

6月16日, 2017, Middlesex hosted the Northeast Independent School 正念 Conference in partnership with the Independent School Health Association. You can read a report of the conference 在这里.

Rocky Hill School (RI) is hosting the third independent school conference on June 21st, 2019. Information and registration 在这里.

Check out 2016 正念 Conference Report 在这里.