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“I Don’t Have Time to Meditate!” Informal Mindfulness for Teens

Teenagers sometimes tell me, “I don’t have time to meditate,” or “Meditation is boring.” The good news is, mindfulness doesn’t have to be about sitting down to do formal meditation. You can bring mindful awareness to any activity of your daily life. Try and, and see if it helps you to enjoy life more, and let go of stress!


Breathing and Smiling

The spirit of mindfulness can be boiled down to just two words: Breathing and smiling. Try it now!

seeing me in you …

(Photograph and poem inspired by a moonlight lake on Orcas Island, Washington, April 4, 2015.)

Why Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness, and Why Should I Try It?

Building Professional Community

It’s only been two days since the launch of, and already I’ve been touched by the feedback I’ve been getting from people who are passionate about bringing mindfulness to youth. The site has helped me to feel connected to a professional community of practice. That’s already a huge success, in my eyes. (This post is about building a professional community. I’ll write about building community of mindful teens in a future blog post.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke about building the “beloved community,” rising up together for peace and justice. Dr. King’s friend, the Zen Master and Nobel Peace Price nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches about the importance of sangha, or community of practice. He is fond of saying, “Without a sangha, I cannot do much.”

When I initially began to seriously explore bringing mindfulness into my work in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, one of the first things I did was seek community and mentorship. Over the years I’ve been involved in this work, I’ve continued to seek out and co-create professional community, both locally as well as internationally. I’ve learned so much, and been deeply inspired, by many of you. More importantly, I’ve felt nourished by the sense of connectedness with friends and fellow travellers on this path of bringing mindfulness to our young people.

Connecting with professional community is the main reason I’m excited about participating in two upcoming conferences on mindfulness with youth. I look forward to seeing some of you, and connecting with friends old and new, at Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth (February 27 – March 1, in San Diego, California), and at the Mindfulness in Education Network 2015 conference (June 26 – 28, in Denver, Colorado).

If you are a professional, bringing mindfulness into your work with youth: What does community mean to you? Please leave your comments below, so that we may all benefit from the collective wisdom.