Hey! We’re glad you made it here.
Thank you for practicing Being Real in class. We hope you enjoyed learning about how mindfulness helps folks be authentic, present, and happy.
Check out the videos below of real people talking about the power of mindfulness—like rapper J. Cole and high schooler Sanomi.
You’ll learn mindfulness tips and get a feel for how mindfulness can change your life—and make a better world.
Want to learn more about mindfulness and mastering your mind? Sign up for Mindful Studies, our elective-credit mindfulness class, in your Portland high school. Details below!
J. Cole, MuSICIAN
“I understand this message is not the coolest to say / But if you down to try it / I know of a better way / Meditate” —J. Cole
In this inspiring and on point interview, rapper J. Cole talks about why meditation, breathing, and being present is key for him on tour and in life.
Why mindfulness is a superpower: An Animation
“I believe that meditation and mindfulness are the next big public health revolution.” —Dan Harris, ABC News Anchor
Practicing mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing. This video, narrated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, explains why mindfulness is a superpower.
parneet pal, chief science officer at wisdom labs
“I’m so excited to share with you one of the best kept secrets to our health—a superpower that we are all born with, and that we can use to be fearless in response to stress, stay healthy, and fix the world's toughest challenges.” —Parneet Pal
Being a teen is mad stressful — you’re not alone in feeling that way. According to the American Psychological Association, teens are the most stressed group in America. Parneet Pal, Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs, breaks down the science of how mindfulness and compassion can help transform our relationship to stress.
congressman tim Ryan, politician
“The mindfulness revolution is not quite as dramatic as the moon shot or the civil rights movement, but I believe, in the long run, it can have just as great an impact.”—Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan started mindfulness to help with the stress of being a politician in Washington D.C. He later wrote the book, “A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.”
Sanomi Croos-Dabrera, high school teen
“My challenge to you is to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. Tell your friends, your siblings, your teachers, your parents about it.” —Sanomi Croos-Dabrera
Sanomi is a 16-year-old at Pioneer High School in Michigan. She grew up with her brother, sister, and two Sri Lankan-born parents. Her TEDxTalk, Mindfulness: Train Your Brain, is centered on incorporating ancient Eastern philosophy in the busy pace of today's life to help maintain proper physical and mental health. Sanomi explains the benefits of meditation from stress relief to a way of handling depression.
learn Mindfulness for elective credit at your high school in portland!
“We have seen the great benefit mindfulness can do when unleashed in public settings, in high schools in Oregon, in libraries in Los Angeles, in juvenile halls in Oakland, in grade schools in Baltimore, in hospitals in Boston, in hundreds of places.”—Mindful Magazine, July 2018
Did you know that the first ever high school mindfulness class for elective credit in the country started in Portland? The mindfulness class, called Mindful Studies, is offered or is forecasting in nine PPS high schools — Madison, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Franklin, Wilson, Grant, Cleveland, Alliance at Meek, and Alliance at Benson. Enroll in the class and you’ll get access to a life-changing mindfulness toolkit in a fun and caring community setting.
Check your forecasting catalog or talk to your counselor to get signed up—we’d love to have you! It might help you to know that 97% of students who take Mindful Studies say they’d recommend it to a friend.
Want to get a feel for Mindful Studies class? Check out our free teen mindfulness night which happens twice a month in Northeast Portland.
Did you know that the friendly, chill folks who teach the Mindful Studies class in your school work for the nonprofit Peace in Schools? We’re a community partner with Portland Public Schools and we’re inspired by the vision of a world in which every young person has access to mindfulness education.