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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 …

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Beyond Limits: A Portal Beyond Pain

While we usually think of going beyond limits as something reserved for elite athletes performing feats of physical daring, the courageous spirit and self-determination that make such deeds possible can be found in individuals from all walks of life and in every scenario that tests the strength of the human soul. The following story is a profoundly inspiring example of …

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Teens Discover Context and Compassion

Teens Discover Context & Compassion Posted July 2, 2015 By Amy Edelstein I’m sitting at a café having miso-mushroom soup, processing my meeting with an inner city high school principal about expanding the Mindfulness and Cultural Development program next year. The pilot was so successful; she would like it to see it reach the entire freshman class. “I want them …