By Andrew Reiner
The Washington Post
Francl's techniques are examples of what's called "mindful-based" or "contemplative" education. It takes many forms, such as meditative breathing, visualization, beholding and lectio divina (divine reading). It gets students to slow their bodies and brains as they become more aware of their thoughts, bodily sensations, feelings and immediate environment. One of the outcomes is that practitioners can learn to accept, without judgment, the thoughts and feelings that surface.