Teaching The Power of Now Audio Books In The Classroom
May 5, 2016
In today’s post we’re going to take you to Lilongwe, Malawi, where we’re pleased to announce some excite new developments in the educational curriculum there.
Thanks to a grant from the United Nations Children’s Education Fund, The Lilongwe Girls Secondary School in Malawi was able to provide a life-changing program for the students there.
Exploring The Power Of Now
The program was centered around the principles and meditations explored throughout Eckhart Tolle’s bestselling book The Power of Now. The book, by world-reknowned author Eckhart Tolle, is famous for providing a practical overview of applying Buddhist concentration and thought practices, such as meditation, to a modern world, helping individuals to reduce stress and improve performance by focusing their attention on the present moment.
For this project, the students listed to recordings of the audiobook, and the practiced going through different types of meditations in order to center their focus.
In a city that is plagued with extreme poverty, this is not a typical course for students to have access to, but the program proved to be especially powerful for these bright young women. Here’s an example of one of the meditations the students worked through during the project:
You can visit freeaudiobookguide.com for an audio download of this meditation along with the book.
Although The Power of Now was originally targeted towards a moderately affluent Western demographic, the teachings in it can be applied in a variety of situations.
The premise was that these students, perhaps even more-so than their Western counterparts, could benefit from the ability to improve their concentration and study habits by learning to focus in on the moment at hand. When the program was completed, the young women demonstrated an increased ability for immediate recall, as well as improved concentration for the first week after the course.
Results beyond the first week have not yet been conducted, but the promises are great, as local school leaders look to expand the offering to other schools in the city.
You can learn more about the Lilongwe Girls School on their Facebook page.