What People Are Saying


  • “At this year’s conference championships we won both the men’s and women’s titles. This was actually a big surprise because we were second to last the previous year! I give a great deal of credit to your mindfulness training. I know it works because at one point in the season, I let things lapse a bit and our results took a turn for the worse. But we got back in to practicing mindfulness more regularly and were able to turn things around for the end of the regular season.” – Jill Miller, Cross Country/Track Coach, College of William and Mary


Business:

“I feel like I’ve been asleep for the last six years. Since taking the mindfulness classes, I feel as if I’ve waken up. My walks are magical, and my life is better all around.” - Administrator, Oakland CA Law Firm

“I am able to use mindfulness to stop and bring my attention back to the task at hand.” - Consultant, SF

“I have a very hard time sitting still. I was surprised that I was able to sit and pay attention at the symphony. The experience was more pleasant than it had been before.”

“This class has benefited our entire firm even though not everyone took the class. I feel as if those of us that have taken this class are relating to everyone in the firm in a new way and I feel that everyone benefits as a result.” - Administrator, Oakland law firm

“Mindfulness has helped me tremendously. It helped improved my focus and I am able to listen to my clients’ concerns much more effectively on the phone.” - Lawyer, Oakland CA

“Using the gratitude exercises you taught, I have been able to improve my relationship with my colleagues.” - Lawyer, Oakland CA

“I haven’t been practicing every day in a formal way, but I feel that I am much more present in my life with everyone I meet.” - Consultant

“I don’t want to talk about last week; I want to talk about the last three minutes. I came in here very angry and three minutes later I am completely calm.” - Litigator, Oakland CA

“I have panic attacks and I felt tremendous relief during the mindfulness exercises. I’m on medication and I hate that. I want to learn more about mindfulness.” - Non-profit Manager

School:

“I was walking home and worrying and then I realized that I was worrying. I stopped walking and started practicing mindfulness. Then I walked home without worrying anymore.”  - 3rd Grader 

“My student is doing so much better since you taught him mindfulness. Even when he forgets to take his medicine his behavior is much better than before. I think that in ten years this student will come back and tell us that mindfulness changed his life.” – 2nd Grade Teacher speaking about a student who received individual mindfulness lessons

“The teachers and students loved your program and I heard from many parents about it. I want you to put together a proposal to ensure the sustainability of this work for our entire school.” – Private School Principal

“The school where I taught mindfulness asked me to come back and do it again next year.” – High School Student in East Oakland who learned mindfulness and taught it at an elementary school as his junior independent project

“I taught the first lesson to a second grade class at Park Day School. The following day I taught the other second grade class. When I asked the students if they could guess the four “s” that describe a person ready to do mindfulness, they knew the answer. I was astonished and figured that I had mistakenly returned to the same class. What actually happened was that the second graders learned the lesson out on the yard!” – Laurie Grossman, CoFounder Mindful Schools

“Using mindfulness changed the dynamic in my classroom. We were having so much trouble and by the end of the school year, my students were able to both be less distracted by those that were having a hard time and also have more compassion for them.” – 1st Grade Teacher

“Please on our last day can we practice for 15 minutes?” - 5th Grade Student; typical practice time was three minutes

“We start every day with mindfulness now. I wouldn’t do it any other way.” – 3rd Grade Teacher

“Thank you for teaching me these mindfulness tools. Helping my student athlete become aware of her emotions made a huge difference in just a week, not just on the track but in all aspects of her life. After only seven days of our lesson she ran much faster than ever before. While it is difficult to say that mindfulness caused her faster time, I believe she got her emotions out of her way and it enabled her to perform much better.”  - College Cross Country Coach

“These mindfulness tools really help me when I am trying to help my child with homework.” – Parent of an elementary school student

“We don’t teach children early enough the tools to deal with all that is going on for them. We had no tools for them. Mindfulness is a tool they can use that’s not so difficult for us to teach them. It’s a tool that can grow with them.” - Elementary School Teacher

“Mindfulness has changed my ability to interact with the world. I am much happier.” – Teacher

“I use mindfulness every day with every person I encounter whether it’s an angry parent, a student who was kicked out of class, or a frustrated teacher.” – High School Principal

Athletics:

“At this year’s conference championships we won both the men’s and women’s titles. This was actually a big surprise because we were second to last the previous year! I give a great deal of credit to your mindfulness training. I know it works because at one point in the season, I let things lapse a bit and our results took a turn for the worse. But we got back in to practicing mindfulness more regularly and were able to turn things around for the end of the regular season. The first-round of NCAA’s are in Greensboro, then two weeks later we head out to Oregon for the NCAA Championships!” – Jill Miller, Cross Country/Track Coach, College of William and Mary

“At the tennis tournament, a kid that should have been winning easily had lost the first set and was losing 4-2 in the second. Between games I reminded him to practice the breathing you taught him between points. He turned it around and won.” – Dwayne Hultquist, Tennis Coach Florida State University

“I need you to train my athletes. They are great golfers but their worries are getting in the way of their scores.” – Collegiate golf coach

“I was pitching and the bases were loaded. Remembered to use my mindfulness and struck out the batter to retire the inning.” – Elementary School Student

“Thank you for teaching me these mindfulness tools. Helping my student athlete become aware of her emotions made a huge difference in just a week, not just on the track but in all aspects of her life. After only seven days of our lesson she ran much faster than ever before. While it is difficult to say that mindfulness caused her faster time, I believe she got her emotions out of her way and it enabled her to perform much better.” – Jill Miller, Cross Country/Track Coach, College of William and Mary

“It worked. We never beat this soccer team before. I taught my teammates mindfulness and we did it and we beat them. “ – Middle School Student


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