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Meditation…For Troubled Teens

Level I offenders in Brooklyn learning to follow the breath.

An article in The New York Times earlier this week caught my eye: Zen for High Schoolers: ‘Notice the Anxiety. Notice the Fear’ chronicled the efforts of a teacher from the Brooklyn Zen Center to bring meditation techniques to a group of Level I offenders “students who are frequently put in detention or suspended because they start fights or cause trouble—at Bushwick High School.”

Students who get into trouble are now being given a choice between traditional punishments or participating in the meditation program where they will learn how to meditate, understand volatile emotions and curb impulsive behavior.

What an enlightened approach. Indeed, all of us can benefit from meditation. And once we learn the techniques we are always then just one breath away from the practice.

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Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagogue – with members from twenty towns, villages and cities all across Westchester and “A Hebrew School Your Kids Can Love.” Read The New York Times article. Follow Rabbi Mark on Twitter. Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 am is open to the public; everyone – without exception - is welcome and warmly invited. The next SYNAGOGUE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND – with activities for children and adults alike – will be Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29.

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Rabbi Mark Sameth April 19, 2012 at 08:36 PM
You're so welcome, Dina!
Dr.SusanRubin April 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Sure wish we could start something going right here in N.Westchester. So many Drs. whip out the Rx pad for teens instead of considering non toxic and more effective strategies. We need more meditation and less medication!
Rabbi Mark Sameth April 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Dr. Rubin: Please call me. Let's put our heads together and see if we can do just that!
John Sen May 28, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Thanks for sharing this informative post, meditation programs help troubled teens come out of volatile emotions and curb impulsive behavior. Better help for troubled teenagers. http://www.troubledteensguide.com/
Summer Program for Troubled Teens November 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM
A great site it is. It makes the parents aware that how their troubled teens can be recovered from their problems by getting meditation treatments. Meditation programs help troubled teens in being emotionally strong and being out of their teenage issues. http://www.campssummer.net/

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