View Post

Relax, Heal, Learn by Dale Mezzacappa – The Notebook

The Inner Strength Teen Program just received some insightful coverage in the April 11th issue of The Notebook, Philadelphia’s Education weekly. You can read the article Relax, Heal, Learn by Dale Mezzacappa @dalemezz in its original with comments and more on The Notebook’s coverage of Behavioral and Mental Health initiatives in the schools here. Images by Darryl Murphy of The Notebook. I encourage you to make your comments …

View Post

Changing Our (Relationship) to Our Minds

People talk about needing to change their minds. We all wish we could change the channel in our brain as easily as we change playlists on our music players. In this 10 minute clip Amy Edelstein talks about how we use our mindfulness practice to change how we relate to our minds. This has a powerful effect on our experience. …

View Post

Creating Stability

How do we use our mindfulness practice to create stability? What are we looking for and how are we orienting ourselves so that the time we spend being still and paying attention begins to have a strengthening effect? Download this 13 minute audio with Amy Edelstein Click here

View Post

ISF at the Haverford Middle School Diversity Conference

This year’s Haverford Middle School Diversity Conference focused on the theme “Brave or Blind.” Over four hundred students came together from four states – Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware to meet each other and practice dialogue across difference. In sessions that role-played common scenarios between friends that created racial tension, students were asked to model alternative ways to …

View Post

Teenage Brain: Risks, Peer Pressure & Our Modern World

Being in high school is challenging. I remember the awkwardness and the bigness of the world to my smallness. And in my smallness trying to be big and sometimes getting away with it. Being one of two thousand students in my city high school didn’t help. I wondered if any of the teachers knew my name and I remember going …

View Post

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Student, 17 years I will take meditation and the developmental perspective with me to college because the ideas and practices that come with them have helped me develop a better self. Over the time that I have participated in the mindfulness classes, I have developed a better sense of focus and awareness. Before having the class, I remember having difficulties …

View Post

A Taste of Mindfulness

Student, 18 years I am not much of a meditator. I find that closing my eyes for a long period of time makes me drowsy and is a little painful. However, one Thursday I decided to close my eyes and take another go at it. This meditation session involved candy (probably a big reason why I finally decided to meditate). …

View Post

What Do We Say to Our Children?

Many of the images we’re shown these days are of fractures between peoples. The unexpected but unambiguous results of the US election is confronting many of us with the challenge of seeing our own silos, our own lack of interest to hear the pain points and the dreams of others who are different from ourselves. It is a time for …

View Post

Insights from Inmates

Everyone can present themselves well in the right circumstances. The question is, when the human being is at rest, what is our essential nature? And how much does our conviction about our potential and inherent nature depend on those who touched us early on in life? I teach a mindfulness class in a prison just south of town. It’s not …

View Post

Racial Stress & Mindful Spaces

It’s Fall. Back to school. Reconnecting with my teacher friends who have been out on summer break. Most of them hold summer jobs, in part for the extra cash to make ends meet, and in part because teachers just like to engage. They’re “people” people. I was having brunch with one of my best teacher friends. A delightful person, someone …