Teacher’s Good Karma

Current scientific findings are clear that in order to regulate emotions (one of the most critical right-hemisphere functions), youth are dependent on mature brains to assist in the micro-regulation of their physical and emotional world. – Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

sweet children's program ~d nelson

sweet children’s program ~d nelson

Through your glossy eyes
what I’m feeling
& seeing is fresh
with potential
& renewed hope.



Witnessing our youth
guided by skillful teachers
who know where
we’ve been & how far
we’ve come
thus bestowing a most
nurtured from quiet mind’s clarity
moments connecting to the invisible
revealing blossoming heart’s wisdom.

Had I such guidance
as an impressionable youth.
my child may not have been
wounded and so long
in rehabilitation
to experience basics of
safety, satisfaction and connection.

seeing 2

seeing 2

Seeing these students glowing
now makes me smile.
Their karma will be instantly lit
with mindfulness for recognizing when they’re stuck
and skillful means for changing situations.

Lamp’s illumination does not discriminate
on the basis of darkness’ longevity.
Let there be light, instantly darkness is transformed.
Teachers offer bright hope
to students of all ages.

“A Teacher can nourish, can build, healthy, happy human beings” – Thich Nhat Hanh

This year’s mindfulness in education conference showcased several inspiring educators, & was presented here. You’re welcome to view the cutting edge keynote talk and other inspiring plenary panelists on the www.mindfuled.org site; sample clip below.


38 thoughts on “Teacher’s Good Karma

  1. JoAnne

    This was so much fun! I’m going to use that song in the video: “My mind is a clear blue sky……” And I love those blue pipe cleaner earrings!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for singing along, JoAnne!
      as a meditation
      or in a group
      objects of mind
      can be named
      as they appear;
      thoughts come
      feelings come,
      ice cream comes…

  2. Carol A. Hand

    Such inspiring examples and deeply touching photos. I wish all teachers were aware of these approaches for working with youth. I spend time with my grandchildren trying to rekindle their joy in learning about life. I hope the contrasts make a difference for them in the long term.

  3. Sonnische

    Such a special post, David! Your poetic words reminded me that when we don’t get the guidance we need as we grow, we have no idea how to cope, and we try everything and anything to get by and get through. So with insight and hard-won understanding we need to forgive ourselves for all the things we didn’t know how to manage, and the wounded child within needs to accept the apology. Then we are good to go forward.

  4. John Coleman

    Great stuff, David. I had just finished watching a talk by Pema Chodron when I watched your video. I’m finding such healing in Buddhist teachings these days. So grateful. Peace, John

  5. sara

    This reminds me of something I saw today: try to give your child a childhood they do not have to recover from. It’s lovely to see all those smiling faces!

  6. Michael

    A kind and inspiring post, as ever David. The pictures alone on this page are sufficient to spark illumination… Such hope and promise, reminds me how profound the need is to work together to foster peace on this planet… that it may nurture every stage of life’s unfolding…

    Much Love

  7. aleafinspringtime

    I’ve just recently volunteered to teach a few hours a week at a primary school. What a precious blessing and opportunity it has been to work with these young ones. Thank you for this beautiful post and the reminder that we are creating a gentler, more mindful and caring world when we create gentler, more mindful and caring schools. With warm gratitude, Sharon


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