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Wholeness, the Place We Heal From

Human beings are delicate creatures. We are sensitive, intuitive, emotional. Our sensitivity is our evolution. It is also our vulnerability. We feel, and we are easily bruised. Our skins are porous to let the world in and let our love out. We aspirate through our skin. We breathe each other in and we breathe our hearts out. Even when we …

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Inner Strength Foundation Radio Interview

On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 Amy Edelstein and Alyson Showell LaPorta will be appearing on a local radio show to talk about the work of Inner Strength Foundation and Amy’s book, The Conscious Classroom. The show is called The Heart of the City and can be found on WWDB-AM. Inner Strength will be the featured guests during the 2pm hour. It …

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we are in 2020 – the beginning of a new decade, new beginnings, and new opportunities. Here at Inner Strength, we’ve been keeping busy. Here are just a few of the things that we’ve been up to. In November, Amy presented with Dr. Rachel Razza from Syracuse University at the Spirituality in …

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Philadelphia Inquirer Features Inner Strength!

Happy December! It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the end of another year, but here we are! We wanted to take a moment to share some amazing news with everyone. We’ve been hard at work this year, providing teens with mindfulness tools, stress reduction activities, systems thinking, and perspective changes. We’ve been accomplishing that with the help of …

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People, Place, Pivot Points

Last month, I was in a crowded reception room filled with 300 of Philadelphia’s visionaries, activists, and funders. It was a lively and friendly gathering. Lots of passionate voices discussing everything from the accomplishments of the new district attorney, to a start up incubator lab for social entrepreneurs, to the great hors d’oeuvres. Before the evening was over, I would …

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Creating Space for Insight

The following was originally published in the ISF October 2018 newsletter. Join our mailing list here to receive upcoming newsletters. “As an educator, when you see insight dawning in one of your students, there’s nothing more fulfilling and encouraging.” ~ Amy Edelstein   This Fall has been a wonderfully busy one with a mixture of breakthroughs in the classrooms, conference …

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Back to School with Inner Strength

The following was originally published in the ISF September 2018 newsletter. Join our mailing list here to receive upcoming newsletters. Inner Strength programs are going into this year strong Today I finally put the finishing touches on our Fall Inner Strength teaching schedule. Even as I was sending out the confirmations, two schools called to see if we could accommodate …

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Diversity Dialogues: Kori Hamilton Biagas & Amy Edelstein Explore Racial Literacy

Understanding and deconstructing racial ideas and divides Amy Edelstein interviews Kori Hamilton Biagas from JustEducators about what racial literacy is, how to work in classrooms to lessen racial stress, and how to engage in a positive way to deconstruct our culturally inherited (and often outdated, false, misguided, and even dangerous) ideas about this issue. “As long as there is a …

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Transformation and Awareness

Enhancing teen development and wellness through contemplative learning [The following is an interview with writer and educator Amy Edelstein, conducted by the Omega Center. Amy is the author of The Conscious Classroom: the Inner Strength System™ for Transforming the Teenage Mind and founder of an innovative high school program promoting teen development and wellness through mindfulness practice and contemplative learning. The interview was originally …

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Love in a Fractured World

A contemplative approach to self regulation [This article was written for The Omega Center blog, run by Ilia Delio of Villanova University. Please visit the blog here to read more inspiring voices curated by Ilia Delio, award-winning author of 17 books.] When I was asked to write for the Omega Center on Love in a Fractured World, I could think of no better …