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The Conscious Classroom with host Amy Edelstein explores the world of mindfulness in education. Amy will share best classroom tools and practices for adolescents, why teaching students about perspectives, worldviews, and context is as important as teaching classic stress reduction tools including breath, body scan, and open awareness mindfulness techniques. We'll look at trauma sensitive approaches, systems thinking, social emotional skills and how to empower teens and support mental wellness. Amy Edelstein is the founder of Inner Strength, which has empowered more than 15,000 Philadelphia teens with mindfulness and systems thinking tools. Visit: www.InnerStrengthFoundation.net

The Conscious Classroom Amy Edelstein

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The Conscious Classroom with host Amy Edelstein explores the world of mindfulness in education. Amy will share best classroom tools and practices for adolescents, why teaching students about perspectives, worldviews, and context is as important as teaching classic stress reduction tools including breath, body scan, and open awareness mindfulness techniques. We'll look at trauma sensitive approaches, systems thinking, social emotional skills and how to empower teens and support mental wellness. Amy Edelstein is the founder of Inner Strength, which has empowered more than 15,000 Philadelphia teens with mindfulness and systems thinking tools. Visit: www.InnerStrengthFoundation.net

    Purpose Driven Education and the Role Mindfulness Can Play

    Purpose Driven Education and the Role Mindfulness Can Play

    Purpose Driven Education and the Role Mindfulness Can Play

    In this episode, Amy Edelstein talks about the role of purpose in teen flourishing.  When people are connected to a purpose greater than themselves, they experience more resilience, ability to persevere through challenges, sense of connection, and happiness. We can work with tools of mindful awareness to help students connect with their own values and imbue their lives with greater meaning. As educators, we can contextualize any subject we are teaching within a framework of higher purpose. This helps shape our student's ability to interpret their journey in a positive light, learn from their mistakes, and feel fulfilled and significant as they learn and grow. 
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    • 34 min
    The Power of Purpose

    The Power of Purpose

    In this episode, Amy Edelstein explores the power of purpose and the value that speaking about purpose with youth has on the rest of their lives. She discusses the great Stanford Educator and Author William Damon and his book The Path to Purpose , which looks at the impact of materialism and our fast-paced technological world on the exploration of greater goals. Going as far back as Aristotle, tapping into Erik Erikson and Piaget, Damon bolsters his argument in favor of purpose as a key foundation for youth happiness, resilience, success, patience, and also humility.  We'll look at how mindfulness can cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose and how we as educators, parents, or mentors can support youth development. 
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    • 35 min
    Engaged Buddhism: In Honor of Thich Nhat Hahn

    Engaged Buddhism: In Honor of Thich Nhat Hahn

    The world renowned and beloved Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hahn passed this week at the age of 95. This episode is dedicated to his work and life, bringing mindfulness to a secular environment, connecting deep mindfulness practice with social, political, and environmental activism, and being a powerful -- albeit profoundly gentle -- activist for change. We value and honor his life, his spirit, and the work he has left behind. The world is brighter for his presence.
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    • 26 min
    Happy New Year! Establishing Presence, Courage & Centeredness

    Happy New Year! Establishing Presence, Courage & Centeredness

    In this episode, Amy Edelstein talks about the need of our times for greater courage, centeredness and connection to presence, or being. This episode and its guided meditation will start the new year off on a positive and directed note. 
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    • 25 min
    Tech + Teens: Part 3 in dialogue with XPrize semifinalist Anthony Holland

    Tech + Teens: Part 3 in dialogue with XPrize semifinalist Anthony Holland

    Can technology empower rather than divide? Can we train robots to exhibit the empathy of their operators in humanitarian situations? How is Inner Strength looking ahead and the possibilities for supporting youth wellness through technology? Join Amy Edelstein in dialogue with XPrize semi-finalist and Inner Strength Board Member Anthony Holland.
    In this final installment, Tony and Amy answer audience questions about their own search for meaning and purpose and the potential they see in creating a positive culture for all to benefit from. 
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    • 21 min
    Tech + Teens: Part 2 in dialogue with XPrize semifinalist Anthony Holland

    Tech + Teens: Part 2 in dialogue with XPrize semifinalist Anthony Holland

    Can technology empower rather than divide? Can we train robots to exhibit the empathy of their operators in humanitarian situations? How is Inner Strength looking ahead and the possibilities for supporting youth wellness through technology? Join Amy Edelstein in dialogue with XPrize semi-finalist and Inner Strength Board Member Anthony Holland.
    In this second part of the dialogue, Tony and Amy go more deeply into issues facing students and how Inner Strength is working to empower and heal. 
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    • 32 min

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