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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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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). …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …