Future Freedom

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Every school child should know
that freedom is possible
only with responsibility.

teachers listening to each other

teachers listening to each other ~d nelson

Experiencing empathic, skilled teachers
offering methods of mindfulness to their students,
supporting their emotional & intellectual growth
makes me happy.
These skilled, happy teachers
are changing the world
helping make a future possible.

calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

May these children grow
with calm, compassion in their hearts
and clear, insightful minds
with resilience for the world
that will have changed considerably
since I was their age.

It will soon be possible to view the full presentations given
during last week’s Mindfulness In Education Network’s Annual Conference
the MIEN’s website, www.mindfuled.org .
Until then, I hope you will enjoy the above three minute trailer,
Mindfulness In Education 2015 Conference Spotlight


25 thoughts on “Future Freedom

  1. Michael

    Thanks for the inspiration, David. I was fascinated by the brief snippet of research showing how the presence of well-regulated adults helped children to develop and stabilize their own inner navigational systems. That really provoked a feeling of the urgent need for connection between adults and children, and the importance of each person learning to work with their emotions and feelings. Education without the human touch is simply systematic washing of minds– loss of diversity and novelty…


    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thanks for your kind feedback, Michael! I think you’d like watching Chris’ keynote talk when it’s posted. Makes it quite clear that, unlike most critters, humans are not “good to go”, until sometime in their 20’s, as opposed to most other critters. Wishing you a beautiful, free day 🙂

  2. jurnul

    The world I see is so much different than the one I grew up in. The things I learned, and perhaps the way I learned, are now obsolete. And the changes accelerate. Mindfulness may be one of the keys to our survival. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Val Boyko

    Such goodness to be shared!!
    Thank you David. The research being done right now also shows that yoga is having a positive impact especially in adolescents.
    It is great work for a different future 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thank you for the insight, Val! Adolescents, even more than adults, need to be in touch with their bodies to effectively manage emotions & thoughts. Wishing you a happy, free moment 🙂

  4. The GMLA

    I agree the price of liberty is responsibility not fear. The responsible can not fear much at all.

  5. AmyRose

    David, beautiful, insightful, hopeful post. My best friend was a teacher, whose students remembered her for years after she no longer taught them. She enouraged them to be their very best and to think for themselves. There is a plaque on my wall I made for this woman that says “To teach is to touch a life forever.” More teachers need to be aware of how powerful they really are. This post gives me hope for our future! Thank you! Love, Amy ❤

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for sharing your personal relationship with teaching, Amy! They are special people playing special roles. May they be happy 🙂

      1. smilecalm Post author

        Gratitude for bringing up this important issue, Amy! When teachers are expected to play the roles of parents, social workers, referees and others when trying to teach, while receiving inadequate support from administration, other faculty, parents & community, it’s often too much for them to bear. I’ve seen school environments become much more supportive when mindfulness curriculum were adopted and practice by the staff, themselves, along with the students.

      2. AmyRose

        You are welcome, David. I used to volunteer as a teacher’s aid, and in some schools I saw incredible support and rapport among the staff. At other schools, ones which I did not last long, it was a horror. No cohesion, no support among faculty, and the kids were so out of control it was miserable! I had one little girl tell me she did not have to listen to me because I was not a real teacher. Anyways, those of us who are parents need to support the teachers who are teaching our children …. our future. 🙂

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