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I was talking to a 15-year-old girl the other day who was telling me about how her drama teacher held an extended check-in that lasted the entire class and how the class responded to his questions.

He asked thoughtful questions like “What is something you wish you could change?” and “What do you want people to know about you?”

The girl said the group began sharing “very deep, personal stuff” that was surprising. She never imagined that that boy’s father was an alcoholic and that girl is dealing with mental health issues.

Yet, the group felt safe in their confiding. The teacher held the group in a way that allowed the students to open up and take their lives seriously if only for an hour. They revealed other selves that are usually kept hidden.

I asked how it felt to share so openly and the girl answered, “at first, it was intense but then it seemed like I was seeing people for the first time. It was a really great class.”

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Arts form a healing bond for mother, son – The Boston Globe

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On March 30th, I attended a mini- conference hosted by The Guidance Center – Children with Voice: A Witness to Violence Program on “Understanding Trauma and Caring for the Caregivers.” The speakers were Judith Herman, author of Trauma and Recovery, and medical doctor and mindfulness teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of many books, including Wherever You Go There You Are.

Highlights from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s talk follows:

  • Mindfulness means awareness – paying attention in a particular way: on purpose in the present moment, and nonjudgementally
  • self-care is a radical act of love – reclaiming a relationship with self  is SHOWING UP FOR SELF
  • learning how to be present is the hardest place to be – it’s not the past or the future, it’s NOW
  • the present is the only time we’re actually alive in
  • learn to inhabit the present
  • can’t get there by thinking about it
  • drop into being, inhabit the present moment without judging, rejecting, liking, disliking
  • Buddha was asked, “Are you a God?” Buddha answered, “No, I’m awake.”
  • bring being and doing together
  • awareness makes us human

Below is a talk on mindfulness and self-care given by Jon Kabat-Zinn at Google.

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