Her presentation is titled “Mindfulness as Mortar for the Schoolhouse: Using Mindfulness Meditation to Increase Student Well-Being, Awareness, and Sense of Self-Agency.”
Dr. Daryanani’s work explores whether mindfulness meditation and directed self-compassion help students coping with a learning disability in an intensely academic independent school, and asks if these practices reduce stress, increase task persistence, and provide students with the ability to ‘push back’ against their diagnosis.” Her poster explores “how a six-week mindfulness meditation program is influencing a group of twice-exceptional students at Wakefield. It explains how mindfulness programming supports a key mission of the learning support program, which is to help students accept, understand, and challenge their learning disabilities and differences. Efficacy measures include pre- and post-testing, structured interviews, and teacher feedback.”
The symposium, held in Boston from Oct. 30-Nov. 2, brings together scientists, scholars, artists, and contemplatives to explore clinical science, philosophy, humanities, education, economics, the arts, and other domains. The event seeks to encourage and help shape a cohesive interdisciplinary field of contemplative studies in which basic and applied science, scholarship, education, the arts, and contemplative traditions collaboratively develop an integrated way of knowing.
The program will include keynote addresses by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita of Wellesley College; Richard Davidson, director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Amishi Jha, director of contemplative neuroscience, the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, at the University of Miami; David Germano, director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia; Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group; and Tania Singer, director of the department of social neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute.
The program will also include master lectures by several distinguished scientists, scholars, artists, and contemplative teachers as well as individuals and groups presenting individual papers, panels, or poster presentations, reflecting the most current contributions to the ever-growing field of contemplative studies. Also featured will be contemplative art performances and exhibits, as well as continuous contemplative practice opportunities.