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Whole Person Teaching and Learning

  • Stephen Liben


You do. You bring a specific type (mindful) of attention to the physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts of your lived experience as it is happening. Afterward, you bring mindful awareness to reflect on the experience. You see what worked and what did not work, and you create a story to explain what happened. You do it again, this time modifying your actions based on conclusions from past experience. Again, you bring mindful awareness to what happens both during and after the experience. You learn.


Mindful teaching Mindful learning Learning Attention Teacher Medical education Debriefing Small group teaching Student contemplative practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Liben
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  1. 1.McGill Programs in Whole Person CareMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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