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Month: May 2011

Accreditation and Certification as a Dharma Teacher?

On reflection one of the reasons I enrolled in the Bangor Mindfulness course was that I felt a need for some kind of accreditation before I could teach. In fact, if I want to teach in the public sector, I probably do need such an accreditation. We are as well to admit the world contains charlatans, fakes, hypocrites and quacks even if we don’t actually point the finger at anyone.  I wouldn’t expect my doctor to refer me to someone who hasn’t been checked out or my kids to be taught by a fraud so I have to admit that – if public money is to be spent on teaching people mindfulness – the trainers will need to have some kind of kite mark or branding.

As the Bangor course has progressed I have come to the realisation that, if I were to teach mindfulness, I would not teach it in quite the way the standard eight week courses are delivered. If I were a professional I would take that in my stride. I would be able to adapt to the available terrain, work through the course, get qualified and then teach in my way. I am sure that this approach would be perfectly acceptable and I am sure it is what many people will do. But I am not a professional in this particular field so I really can’t bring myself to invest the energy, time and money in working through the teaching modules  and assignments to show I could do what I wouldn’t do.

Colour / Mindfulness / Depression

I chew through a lot of popular science writing on the web. It is nice to have someone dig out the sparky bits of research that may not hold up in the long run but that are fun to think about and just might be the next big thing.

I stumbled on an article in Discovery Magazine on  How Depression Dulls the World—Literally. It reports two lots of research:

The first paper appears to show that people who are depressed have reduced contrast perception. They do this by looking at the nerve impulses from the eye thereby bypassing any cognitive processes. The second paper shows that people with acute depression have reduced olfactory bulbs and therefore are not likely to be so good at detecting weak smells.