Podcasts

The Conscious Classroom Podcast with host Amy Edelstein explores the world of trauma-sensitive mindfulness, social emotional learning, and systems thinking in education.

Amy will share classroom tools and best practices for adolescents. You’ll gain insight into why teaching students about perspectives, worldviews, and context is as important as teaching classic stress reduction tools including breath, body scan, and open awareness techniques.

We’ll look at how to empower teens and support mental wellness — and we’ll have fun doing our own relaxation and discovery practices ourselves.

Amy Edelstein is the founder of Inner Strength, which has trained over 10,000 Philadelphia teens with its 3-month high school mindfulness and systems thinking curriculum over the last 6 years. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe (available below and on other podcast feeds) and post a review to let others know what you liked!

Building
Inner
strength

A Mindfulness & SEL Program
for Middle & High School Students

Audio Meditations

Sound Meditation

Helps quickly focus the mind and reduce distractions.

By focusing on a deliberate sound, e.g. the vibrations of a bell, you can calm and collect your attention.

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Open Awareness Meditation

Learning to let go and explore the experience of consciousness.

In Open Awareness Meditation, you allow your attention to remain open and vast, exploring the mystery of consciousness or awareness, the sense of infinity or boundarilessness that we discover when we let go of thought.

Breath Meditation

Helps Calm and Focus The Mind. Cultivates Inner Strength Over Difficult Emotions & States Of Mind.

By gently putting your attention on the breath – a universal aspect of human experience – you can create the experience of groundedness, creating distance between you and your thoughts.

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Love & Kindness

Creates Relaxation & Physical Awareness.

With Body Scan Meditation, you intentionally relax your body, helping you de-stress. These meditations can be used at night before bed to help you sleep more easily. It also cultivates awareness of our physical experience, so we become more attune to what’s happening in our bodies (and we can take care as we notice strain, injury, or tension). It also helps us be present, and fell like we’re here rather than lost in daydreams, worry, or distractions.

Body Scan Meditation

Creates Relaxation & Physical Awareness.

With Body Scan Meditation, you intentionally relax your body, helping you de-stress. These meditations can be used at night before bed to help you sleep more easily. It also cultivates awareness of our physical experience, so we become more attune to what’s happening in our bodies (and we can take care as we notice strain, injury, or tension). It also helps us be present, and fell like we’re here rather than lost in daydreams, worry, or distractions.

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Thought Bubble Meditation

Culticates Self-Knowledge, Calms A Busy Or Distracted Mind, And Gives Objectivity On Thought.

With Thought Bubble Meditation, you can cultivate the sense of ageny over your thought process. You do not have to feel like a marionette being pulled by whatever thoughts cross the screen of your mind. This medidation enables you to create space and also see more dispassionately what you habitually think about.

Mindful Eating

Experiencing Friendly.

Taking a very familiar action and experience, and breaking it down into its smallest component parts helps illustrate the relationship between thought (intention), automatic physiological responses (salivating), emotions (desire, expectations), and action (eating). It also introduces us to the beauty and complexity of very simple acts, bringing us to greater immediacy and appreciation for life as it is.
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The Dynamics of Calm

Thinking Thanks

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Sharing Thanks

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Feeling Thanks

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Growing Thanks

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All About the Teen Brain

The Science of Love & Kindness

Guess Who Meditates?!!

When You Need A Little Kindness

I’ll Be There: Friendship Songs

Expand & Feel Some Space