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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 …

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Where Would I Be If I Didn’t Have Meditation?

Peter B., Student, 17 years I am planning to bring meditation and developmental perspective with me to college because I feel as though it will help me become a stable person while I go through stressful times. Meditation has helped me to become more at peace with myself, and has made me appreciate myself more often. Before Meditation I would …

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My “Aha! Moment” in Meditation

Michelle L., Student, 17 years My second year of the Mindfulness Meditation course was definitely different from the first year. During the first year of the course, I was not willing to meditate and thought that it was a silly act to do. To me, it seemed futile to try to calm oneself and to take moments for peace. However, …

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INTERVIEW: My Path Back to High School

An Interview Jeff Carreira & Amy Edelstein In this discussion, philosopher and teacher Jeff Carreira talks with Amy Edelstein about the Inner Strength Teen Program. His probing questions explore the philosophical perspectives that shape this course for adolescents and help clarify the long term cultural change that Amy hopes to see. (25 min)     Inspired? Help more teens train, support the …

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A New Experience

Student, 18 years The second year of the course of meditation seemed to be different than the first year from the beginning. In my first year of the course, I tried to focus on meditating but I just could not keep my mind on it fully. I feel like I have matured over time during the first year of the …

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Running a Race

Student, 18 years My first year of the course was different from my second year of the course. My first year of the course, I could not concentrate and would get distracted by my surroundings easily. I could not develop my thoughts or control the thought that was coming to my brain. My body was stiff and I could not …

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In Search of My Best Self

Savannah D., Student, 17 years As I indulge myself in the second year of the course, I begin to reflect on the development of my mind as a young lady and notice the little changes that are contributing to the maturing of my mindset and perspectives in the world. I have learned to find peace within every situation and try …

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Teen Respect & Classroom Mindfulness

How do you win the respect of teenage African American girls when you’re a soft-spoken, sensitive African American male teacher, educated at Columbia and UPenn, a musician, social activist, cultural commentator with hipster leanings, note the dreads and plaid poncho perfectly draped? You got it. Not easy. The more postmodern pluralism you allow in the classroom, the more challenges you …

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First Day of (Mindfulness) School

The phone rang, and it was a number I needed to take. Awkward. I was rushing out of the subway, bundled against the cold, my eyes darting around for a place I could duck into to be able to hear over the cavernous echo of the concrete halls. Dunkin’ Donuts. Perfect. I leaned against the counter, gingerly balancing my bags …