Mindful Hiking

Take A Mindful Hike

Physical activity. Beautiful scenery. Who doesn’t like the occasional hike in the great outdoors? And when you add a little extra awareness to the experience, your outing can benefit both your body and your mind. The teachers and students at the Lotus School take regular mindful hikes on the nearby Lake Nockamixon trails. We know that spending time in nature has healing and restorative power. Being outdoors increases well-being, helps alleviate stress and anxiety, promotes creativity, assists with recovery from mental fatigue, helps restore attention, boosts the brain’s ability to think, and engages…

Compassion & The Teenage Brain

Adolescent development isn’t all hormones and drama. As Daniel Siegel explains in this mindful.org article,  it’s a time when teens begin to foster greater compassion and kindness. The adolescent period is absolutely amazing. People often give it a negative approach, saying it’s a time when adolescents are going to lose their mind, or it’s just immature, or raging hormones drive you crazy. These are not only wrong, but they’re myths that mislead us and actually disempower us. Whether we’re adults or adolescents, they actually give us the wrong message and…

Welcoming the New Year

With thanks to our friends at mindful.org, we’d like to share this simple practice for welcoming the New Year. As an old year ends and a new one begins, please join us in doing this simple practice that helps us recognize this transition and honor all that has happened and all that awaits each of us. You might want to have a few tissues or a journal handy. This practice brings so many emotions to the surface, you might get teary and grateful and excited to be alive all at once. We hope you…

Free Screening of “Like”

A FREE SCREENING OF A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON OUR LIVES LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. PRESENTED BY THE LOTUS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS This free screening will be held at: Life Sciences Building Auditorium, 101 Admissions Drive, Doylestown, PA 18901 Directions and Parking: https://www.delval.edu/img/040919CampusMap_EnlargedEventLSB.jpg LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what's really happening?  Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. Our goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other. ARE YOU USING TECHNOLOGY OR IS TECHNOLOGY USING YOU? https://youtu.be/9qVi63wG2OMPanelists Mr. James Mast, LPC, Penn Foundation Behavioral Health Services Mr. James Mast is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapist. He works in the Mental Health Outpatient department at Penn Foundation. James' clinical work focuses on helping individuals, couples, and families understand and cope with a variety of mental health issues. He specializes in supporting children who are high risk for hospitalization due to the severity of their behaviors. He spends time collaborating with community organizations on subjects related to mental health. He completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Trauma Studies at Eastern University.  He leads workshops on topics such as peacemaking, the impact of social media, implicit bias, honoring diversity, and modern anxiety. He is involved in his community and strives to bring about positive change. Directions Google Maps Link