Teen Mindfulness & Cultural Development

Student Resources

The short meditations are recorded in classes. Background noises, bells, and other ambient sounds will be present and can become part of your meditation.

Sound Meditation

Helps quickly focus the mind and reduce distractions

By focusing on a deliberate sound, e.g. the vibrations of a bell, you can calm and collect your attention.

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Instructions for first sound meditation.

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Sound Meditation

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Sound Meditation: Practicing amidst distractions.

Open Awareness Meditation

Learning to let go and explore the experience of consciousness

In Open Awareness Meditation, you allow your attention to remain open and vast, exploring the mystery of consciousness or awareness, the sense of infinity or boundarilessness that we discover when we let go of thought.

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Silent Meditation

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Guided Meditation

Breath Meditation

Helps calm and focus the mind. Cultivates inner strength over difficult emotions & states of mind.

By gently putting your attention on the breath – a universal aspect of human experience – you can create the experience of groundedness, centeredness, and ease. You also can cultivate self-knowledge, creating distance between you and your thoughts

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Instructions & breath meditation

(About the nature of the mind, how to discriminate between useful and mechanical thought.)

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Breath Meditation

Body Scan Meditation

Creates relaxation & physical awareness

With Body Scan Meditation you intentionally relax your body, helping you de-stress. These meditations can be used at night before bed to help you sleep more easily. It also cultivates awareness of our physical experience, so we become more attune to what’s happening in our bodies (and we can take care as we notice strain, injury, or tension). It also helps us be present, and feel like we’re here rather than lost in daydreams, worry, or distractions.

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Introduction to Body Scan Meditation

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Guided Body Scan Meditation

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Guided Body Scan Meditation

Thought Bubble Meditation

Cultivates self-knowledge, calms a busy or distracted mind, and gives objectivity on thought.

With Thought Bubble meditation, you cultivate the sense of agency over your thought process. You do not have to feel like a marionette being pulled by whatever thoughts cross the screen of your mind. This meditation enables you to create space and also see more dispassionately what you habitually think about.

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Introduction to Thought Bubble Meditation

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Thought Bubble Meditation (Guided)

Chocolate Meditation

Experiencing Freshly

Taking a very familiar action and experience, and breaking it down into its smallest component parts helps illustrate the relationship between thought (intention), automatic physiological responses (salivating), emotions (desire, expectations), and action (eating). It also introduces us to the beauty and complexity of very simple acts, bringing us to greater immediacy and appreciation for life as it is.

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Introduction to Chocolate Meditation – opening to your experience in new ways

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Chocolate Meditation – The Art of Observation
Teachers: emphasize becoming aware and approaching experience freshly without pre-drawn conclusions. Draw connections between this experience and flexibility, interest, and innocence in life.

Teen Mindfulness Retreats

From Kobe Bryant to Russell Simmons on their practice.

Anderson Cooper learns to meditate on 60 Minutes.

The Dhamma Brothers Trailer

NBA Coach Phil Jackson teaches his teams to meditate.

Visitation High School in San Francisco practices Quiet Time

Marathon Monks, dedication, commitment, training of mind, 7 year training culminating inĀ 56 mile daily marathons for 100 consecutive days.

British born Tenzin Palmo talks about the mind training and 12 years in solitary retreat in a cave.

Another form of mental discipline at Mt Athos, Greece.

Google staff experiment with mindfulness.

Gaining self knowledge: 1000 inmates on retreat in New Delhi.

Inward Bound, vipassana meditation for teens.

Mind Like Water, Vernon Kitabu Turner (print interview here)

The BBC on Mindfulness in British schools.

Congressman Tim Ryan, author of Mindful Nation, speaks with the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation.

Room to Breathe (Trailer)

Ali, Atman & Andy in Baltimore, The Holistic Life Foundation

Ali & Atman Smith on growing up with hippie parents in the hood.

“What’s on your mind?” George Mumford

Visitation High School

Big History – a look at the world and its 13.7 billion year history.

MC Yogi “Ahimsa”


Common “Be”

The present is a gift, and I just wanna be. Be. Be.