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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, …

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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 …