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Manifesto of values of the community of mindfulness teachers

In order to achieve the common goals of UMTA and the mindfulness community in Ukraine, we declare this statement. We believe that it will also help to better regulate our relationships as educators with our clients, partners, and with each other as colleagues.  We are counting on every educator in our community to strengthen it and contribute to a feeling of safety and integrity inside it. 

We consider the principles of actions in the following areas to be basic for teachers in the Association: 

  • Self-development and courage to change

  • Flexible mindset, continual self-investigation 

  • A clear understanding of one's own capabilities and external limitations, awareness of one's competence, and the value of proper doubt

  • Understanding the shadow sides of your mentality and the ability to interact with them

  • Embodiment of the interconnection: caring about the environment and caring about oneself for the well-being of the environment


Professional development in the mindfulness approach 

  • Systematic professional development in the mindfulness approach and related topics

  • Understanding the ways to integrate the mindfulness approach into human self-development practices

  • Know your professional boundaries, do not engage in psychotherapy, coaching, etc. without appropriate education.  

  • Embodying the principles that are part of the mindfulness approach in your own behavior

  • Clear language of teaching, clarity of the strategy or training plan

Ethics and responsibility

  • Cultivation of such virtues as compassion, kindness, joy, balance, etc.

  • Honesty and correspondence of words and actions 

  • Promoting the method and culture of awareness as a counter to the "cult of personality" of the teacher 

  • Service as a vector of interaction with society

  • Transparency of the teacher-student relationship, openness to feedback

Rules of interaction

  • Safety: acceptance of different points of view, balance, and non-judgmentalism 

  • Ecological communications: active listening, willingness to give and hear feedback, clarifying misunderstandings.  

  • Healthy cooperation: caring for each other, mutual support, without competition and assertiveness

  • Mindful leadership: a team of leaders who are ready to move and develop the community with their efforts and resources.

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