Creating Inner Space for Insight and Inner Strength

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Hands together

  The following is an excerpt from Amy Edelstein’s reflections when introducing a new group of students to a mindful breath practice, and their positive and enthusiastic response. This piece was originally published in the Inner Strength Foundation October 2018 newsletter. You can also read the full piece on the Inner Strength Foundation website. “As an educator, when you see … Read More

Back to School with Inner Strength

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clasping hands

The following is an excerpt from Amy Edelstein’s reflections in preparation for entering the new school year. It was originally published in the Inner Strength Foundation September 2018 newsletter. You can also read the full piece on the Inner Strength Foundation website.   Inner Strength programs are going into this year strong Today I finally put the finishing touches on … Read More

Racial Stress & Mindful Spaces

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racial stress and 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 … Read More

Teens, Respect, Classroom Mindfulness

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Teen 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 … Read More