Student Essays

12 Reasons to Support the Mindfulness & Cultural Development Teen Program

These essays were written by high school students who have been training in the Mindfulness & Cultural Development Teen Program. Enjoy their originality, depth of reflection, and honest engagement with the very challenging task of understanding the nature of thought and consciousness, seeing one’s experience in a context of the last six hundred years of cultural development, appreciating how the brain is formed and grows–and what that means about our own experience.


  • Excitement & Relaxation
    December 13, 2015
    Student Essay
    Excitement & RelaxationAngelique M. Bodine H.S., IB Program College Aspiration: Nursing During my first year of...
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    Teen meditation program
  • A New Experience
    December 14, 2015
    Blog, Student Essay, Teen Mindfulness
    New ExperienceSenior Bodine High School, IB Program College Aspiration: Journalism The second year of the course of...
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    A nature poem - Fall Retreat at Pendle Hill
  • Meditation Station
    December 15, 2015
    Student Essay
    Meditation StationTolulope A. Bodine High School, IB Program College Aspiration: Audiology & Speech Pathology My highest aspiration...
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    Teen Meditation Series - Amy Edelstein
  • A Positive Impact
    December 16, 2015
    Student Essay
    A Positive ImpactBodine H.S., IB Program College Aspiration: Exercise Science & Athletic Training My highest...
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    Student Mindfulness Essay
  • Life Lessons
    December 17, 2015
    Student Essay
    Life LessonsHigh School Senior Bodine High School for International Affairs College Aspiration: Sports Medicine I am planning...
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    Teen Meditation Essays: Life Lessions
  • Time to Think
    December 18, 2015
    Student Essay
    Time to ThinkBodine H.S., IB College Aspiration: Mechanical Engineering The second year of the Mindfulness...
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    Teen mindfulness & cultural development essay
  • Making Connections
    December 19, 2015
    Student Essay
    Making ConnectionsBodine High School, IB College Aspiration: Mathematics My first year of the course was different...
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    Teen meditation essay - mindfulness & cultural development teen program
  • The Best of Me
    December 20, 2015
    Student Essay
    The Best of MeSavannah D. Bodine H.S., IB Program College Aspiration: Psychology As I indulge myself...
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    Teen Mindfulness Essay - overcoming depression
  • Layers of the Brain
    December 21, 2015
    Student Essay
    Layers of the BrainMichelle L. Bodine H.S., IB Program College Aspiration: Business Management, Mathematics My second...
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    Teen mindfulness in Philadelphia
  • Becoming Aware
    December 21, 2015
    Student Essay
    Becoming AwareBodine H.S., IB Program College Aspiration: Engineering I will take meditation and the developmental...
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    Teen mindfulness fundraiser
  • Letting Go of Thought
    December 21, 2015
    Student Essay
    Letting Go of ThoughtBodine H.S., IB Program College Aspiration: Business Meditation has helped me a lot...
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    Teen mindfulness fundraiser - Philadelphia
  • Self Reflection
    December 21, 2015
    Student Essay
    Self ReflectionBodine High School, IB Program College Aspiration: Forensic Science Meditation helps me a lot especially...
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    Meditation & Neuroscience for Teens