About & FAQ

Dear Reader:

One of the things that struck me while working with people from all walks of life is their thirst to be change agents for a better world. I have witnessed that a culture of peace is fostered when diversity of thinking is given space and that the perspectives and gifts of each person are acknowledged and valued.

That’s why we created the activities in this kit. RETHiNK invites you to ask questions that matter. The activities encourage cross-cultural conversations and help individuals to build more social and emotional intelligence in daily life, enabling them to:

  • identify and regulate emotions
  • develop healthy communication and relationship skills
  • demonstrate care and concern for others and,
  • constructively manage challenging situations

Through the use of the activities in this kit, you can invite people to think in the now.  You can challenge yourself and others to  grow and learn; to be present and mindful at all times, become more open-minded and empathetic, which in turn can create a more compassionate and interconnected community at large.

Look inside and experience the kit for yourself!

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Theo Koffler

Founder, Mindfulness Without Borders

FAQ

What is RETHINK?

It’s 100 engaging skills-building activities accessible on and offline, specifically targeted for young people ages 12 and up. Over the course of 5 learning units, participants will develop non-cognitive, soft skills that lead to success in later life. They are challenged to reconsider previously held biases, broaden their horizons and make responsible choices.  The activities also help participants to look inward with a focus on reflection, self- awareness and self-management. Through interactive activities and meaningful conversations, participants explore their personal insights and the perspectives of others. In turn, they gain a more compassionate understanding of the world that surrounds them. 

Why is RETHINK an important learning resource?

Strengthening social and emotional intelligence is critical for healthy development and is the missing piece in education! Research shows that promoting social and emotional learning will produce long term benefits, including social and emotional functioning, improved academic performance, and critical thinking.

What is the reasoning behind RETHINK?

With the growing trend of constant stimulation — the pervasive demand of social media, pings, and rings – we wanted to develop a resource that changed the focus of attention from a world of devices to focusing on our heart mind, body and environment.  As such, RETHINK Digital Kit has designed as a series of activities that provide time for young people to discover their inherent qualities  – leading them to making authentic connections and living a life of purpose and meaning.

Why the title RETHINK?

The world is a complex place to live! It’s time rethink our role in creating the change we’d like to see in our communities. It’s time to shift the conversation from one that judges the actions of others to one that seeks to explore and appreciate our common humanity. Hence, RETHiNK.

What is the learning theory behind RETHINK?

This kit integrates two learning theories, including social and emotional learning and secular mindfulness.

What is social and emotional learning?

Social and emotional learning is the process through which individuals acquire the knowledge and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging social situations constructively.

What is secular mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice that involves focusing one’s awareness in the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting without judgment one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  Mindfulness is not about trying to get rid of emotions, thoughts, body sensations rather, remaining open to experience, with a curious mind. Over the past decade, mounting scientific research has demonstrated its benefits – from fortifying the immune system to reducing stress and anxiety, and improving overall well being.

What are focused attention practices?

The primary goal of a focused attention practice such as  mindful breathing practice,  s simply to help anchor attention in the moment, with non-judging awareness, allowing thoughts, feelings and body sensations to come and go without getting caught up in them. Thoughts will come into your mind, and that’s okay, because that’s just what the human mind does. Simply notice those thoughts, then bring your attention back to your breathing. Whenever you notice that your attention has drifted off and is becoming caught up in thoughts or feelings, simply note that the attention has drifted, and then gently bring the attention back to your breathing. The intention is to develop acceptance and compassion for ourselves exactly as we are.

For whom is the kit suitable?

The kit is designed for anyone working with young people including parents, educators, health professionals, social workers, camp counselors, and community-based workers. You don’t need to be a teacher to lead the activities in this kit!

Who are the authors of RETHINK?

The Mindfulness Without Borders team! We are an eclectic group of  educators, health professionals and practitioners bringing educational programs and best practices in mindfulness and social-emotional intelligence to educational, health and corporate settings. Since our establishment in 2007, we’ve been dedicated to the idea that reaching across borders, learning from others and incorporating a diverse array of perspectives lays the foundation for a culture of peace. Our evidence-based educational programming empowers individuals by facilitating cross-cultural dialogues, cultivating intelligence of the heart and promoting an awareness of the world and the various communities with whom we share it. In 2015, The Huffington Post selected Mindfulness Without Borders as one of the Next Ten Generational organizations that are changing our world.

 

For more information contact, info@mwithoutborders.org

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