Shrewsbury Public School Committee - Mindfulness

By Ben Painter

4th-grade students led their town School Committee through the practices that have been supporting their mental health. What the School Committee did next shows us what is possible for mindfulness in schools.

“If I’m a little stressed or overwhelmed about school, I just take a few deep breaths and that helps me

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“Don’t just do something! Sit there!”

That’s how the pioneering Insight teacher Sylvia Boorstein used to introduce meditation to beginners. “Being peace,” is the way the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explained it. Tibetan lamas sometimes called it Mind Training, and Massachusetts MD and Zen practitioner Jon Kabat Zinn, seeking stress reduction … [Read more]


Mindfulness meditation teacher Enrique Collazo is disrupting class-as-usual with a mindfulness and compassion curriculum.

Enrique Collazo’s goal as the mindfulness director of Oakland’s MetWest High School is to improve students’ relationships with their thoughts, cultivate compassion, and celebrate interconnectedness through course curriculum and mindfulness sessions. And he’s seeing results. “There is a lot … [Read more]


BareSOUL Yoga’s founder creates a new collective centered on Black wellness

When Vicki Wise heard the news on Sept. 23 that the two police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, would not face criminal charges, she was angry. After a summer steeped in racial tension, it … [Read more]

Flourishing While Black retreat group

Carrington Kernodle Epperson is the Mindfulness Director at the University of Virginia. Among the initiatives she led in her first months at UVA was Flourishing While Black, a program sponsored by the Contemplative Sciences Center that uses culturally responsive yoga and meditation sessions to foster well-being and a greater sense of belonging among undergraduate and … [Read more]

By Taeya Boi-Doku

During these past few months, the world has felt like it is simultaneously spinning out of our control and desperately needing our help. To try and make sense of this jumble, I have found that I need to stay in motion. Knowing that I cannot keep up with all the information in … [Read more]