Discovering Your Inner Strength

Reviews of The Mindful Teen



“A book that establishes a truly wise, empathic, and motivating resonance with teens. It offers a straightforward and commonsensical way to deal with stress of all kinds and afflictive emotions and thoughts by inviting them into awareness and discovering that with a little mindfulness and heartfulness, you are much much bigger than they are!”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are


“Dr. Dzung Vo, my student, is a very dedicated and wonderful adolescent paediatrician. He has written this book as a record of experiences working with adolescents. It is a recommended book on mindfulness for teens and a teaching tool for the Wake-Up Movement. I highly recommend this book for teens and teen educators.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master, poet, scholar, activist, and author of Being Peace


“Wise and helpful – these teachings are really practical to make life run better.”

Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart


“Dzung Vo has crafted an invaluable resource for teens everywhere. Inspiring teen voices along with practical application makes The Mindful Teen incredibly relevant and accessible. This heartfelt offering to the world is a must-have for teens, the parents of teens, and anyone who works with adolescents.”

Meena Srinivasan, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn


“The best book available on mindfulness for teens (and beyond). This tops my list of recommended books in the mindfulness field.”

Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, OSU Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, author of Mental Health, Naturally


“This book can change your life, not because of anything it will convince you to do or believe, but because it offers you the tools to access your own wisdom, to calm yourself, and to find sensible solutions to the challenges you will face.”

Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens


“What teenager hasn’t felt stressed, anxious, angry or just plain unsettled? The Mindful Teen offers straight-forward, understanding guidance for teens and by teens. Be yourself, find yourself, and create for yourself a lifelong ability to manage more easily the ups and downs of everyday life.”

Mark Bertin, MD, developmental pediatrician and author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD


The Mindful Teen is a beautifully written book that walks the line between making mindfulness easy and accessible to teens who may or may not be inclined to delve deeply into the topic, and providing real substance and depth to a powerful practice and way of living. Full of understandable and doable practices and super relevant examples and quotes, this book doesn’t talk down to kids but speaks up to future adults who deeply desire to overcome the challenges they face and not only succeed, but thrive. A valuable guide to living the practice of mindfulness that anyone could benefit from reading.”

Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, executive director at University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and associate clinical professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine


“Despite the explosion of mindfulness literature in recent years, there are remarkably few high-quality mindfulness resources written specifically for adolescent populations. This gem of a book from Dzung Vo will go a long way in closing that gap. More than a series of techniques and exercises, The Mindful Teen provides the crucial contextual information necessary to answer the most important question teens have about mindfulness practice – ‘Why should I care about this?’”

Chris McKenna, Program Director, Mindful Schools (


“A generous gift for the next generation, Dzung Vo offers adolescents a gentle path through a turbulent time, with skills they can use for the rest of their lives.”

Christopher Willard, PsyD, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and author of Child’s Mind and Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety


“Dr. Vo provides intelligent and compassionate guidance towards mindfulness – a tool that can bring balance back into the increasingly imbalanced world of today’s youth. As a psychiatrist, educator, and parent, I have been witness to the awesome effects of mindfulness firsthand. This book will change lives!”

Shimi Kang, MD, psychiatrist and author of the national bestseller, The Dolphin Way


“If you are teenager who wants to live a less stressful, more enjoyable life I encourage you to read The Mindful Teen. This book offers powerful mindfulness exercises in a clear, simple, friendly, easy to use format. Start reading and experience the benefits, now.”

Amy Saltzman, MD, author of A Still Quiet Place


“Pediatrician Dzung Vo, author of The Mindful Teen, has created a wonderful resource for teens to explore and integrate mindfulness meditation in their lives.”

Lawrence Rosen, MD , Integrative Pediatrician



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Greater Good Science Center, “Making Teens More Mindful” (July 6, 2015), “The Mindful Teen (Recommended Book)” (October 11, 2015), “Battle Teen Angst with These 10 Books About Mindfulness” (November 9, 2015)


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