Tuning the Student Mind

A Journey in Consciousness-Centered Education

By Molly Beauregard

Subjects: Education, Higher Education, Contemplative Studies, Philosophy Of Education, Sociology
Paperback : 9781438478845, 216 pages, June 2020
Hardcover : 9781438478838, 216 pages, June 2020

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Table of contents

Note on the Text

Introduction: An Angel Museum

First Week
Why Do You Believe What You Believe about Yourself?

Second Week
What Types of Knowledge Do We Value?

Third Week
What Does the American Dream Look Like Today?

Fourth Week
How Do We Know Ourselves?

Fifth Week
How Does the World around Us Inform Our Sense of Self?

Sixth Week
Who Is Responsible?

Seventh Week
What Do We Really Learn in School?

Eighth Week
How Do We Know What We Know?

Ninth Week
What Roles Do You Play?

Tenth Week
How Do Labels Define Us—and Confine Us?

Eleventh Week
How Does Place Define Our Sense of Self?

Twelve Week
What Does It Mean to Be a Consumer?

Thirteenth Week
What Does It Mean to Be an Artist?

Fourteenth Week
How Do We Create a More Compassionate World?


Letter to the Reader
Recommendations for Further Reading

Explores the effectiveness and value of meditation in a college classroom.


How can we rethink teaching practices to include and engage the whole student? What would student experience look like if we integrated silence and feeling with empirical analysis? Tuning the Student Mind is the story of one teacher's attempt to answer these questions by creating an innovative college course that marries the spiritual and the theoretical, integrating meditation and self-reflection with more conventional academic curriculum. The book follows Molly Beauregard and her students on their intellectual and spiritual journey over the course of a semester in her class, "Consciousness, Creativity, and Identity." Interweaving personal stories, student writing, and Beauregard's responses, along with recommendations for further reading and a research appendix, it makes the case for the transformative power of consciousness-centered education. Written in a warm, engaging voice that reflects Beauregard's teaching style, Tuning the Student Mind provides an accessible, step-by-step template for other educators, while inviting readers more broadly to reconnect with the joy of learning in and beyond the classroom.

Molly Beauregard is Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the College for Creative Studies.


"This is a must read for anyone desiring a unique step-by-step template for teaching and learning beyond the classroom … Highly recommended." — CHOICE

"An inspiring and down-to-earth template for learning and teaching, Tuning the Student Mind makes a convincing case for consciousness-centered education. Molly Beauregard's impassioned book, laced with inspiration and information, offers readers hope for the future." — Deepak Chopra, author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential

"A moving teaching memoir. Beauregard's passionate account of the power of consciousness-centered education offers hope to faculty and students interested in moving beyond the narrow confines of traditional educational templates." — Bob Roth, author of Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

"This is an engaging and inspirational text. It shows how the postsecondary classroom can be an authentic place of healing and growth." — Jack Miller, author of Love and Compassion: Exploring Their Role in Education