Oscar Medina

Integrating Mind and Body for Youth

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What You'll Learn

  • Explore some of the biggest challenges to mindful education and what you can do to be a more skillful facilitator

  • Learn the impact of mind-body awareness practices for youth and how to make them accessible for all students

  • Learn what culturally-informed mindfulness is, and understand why it’s important to start with a deep understanding of those who you are trying to serve

About Oscar Medina

Oscar Paul Medina is a meditation educator, purpose guide, and somatic counselor born in East Los Angeles and raised in the Mojave Desert. His personal battles with trauma and addiction led him to the path of meditation, healing and rites of passage work. As a Dalai Lama Fellow and co-founder of Mindful Garden Collective, he created a community wellness garden and environmental restoration project centered around meditation, yoga, ecology, and growing organic food for Oakland community families in need. As project manager and facilitator at Mind Body Awareness Project, he has been leading mindfulness and healing circles with inner-city youth and incarcerated individuals in the Bay Area since 2014. He is a graduate of the Hakomi and Purpose Guides Institute, where he studied mindfulness based somatic psychology, and nature based- purpose guiding. As a Mexican American, he is currently building a movement to empower Latinx communities and the leaders who serve them with the leading edge science on mindfulness, well-being and wisdom.

About Lisa Flook, PhD, MA

Lisa Flook is deeply interested in individual and societal transformation and well-being. Her research on children's social and academic stress and the effects of mindfulness interventions with teachers and students has been published in leading scientific journals. She has worked as a research scientist with the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, and the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and most recently with an education policy think tank, the Learning Policy Institute. She earned her PhD and MA in (Clinical) Psychology from UCLA, and BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley.

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  1. Patricia October 23, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Wonderful! Thank you for the heartfelt way you spoke about your experience and knowledge. I found the combination of celebrating the strength and resources, while also seeing and naming the limitations and areas of growth (social mindfulness, and increased connection with diverse communities) needed in the mindfulness movement very refreshing, grounding and inspiring. I really appreciated the focus you placed on not just the “techniques” but more the embodiment “the doing and living” of it. And even more so the importance of being aware, connected and honest with ourselves about the intention and purpose of why we are doing this work. What is the famous quote.. “if we know the why we can endure almost any how?”. The specific examples you gave helped anchor your points in the contexts and humanity of who you work with which helps feel the work come alive. Such as the not asking the youth to change – rather to connect with their own inner awareness and resources. Also, your description of meeting the youth on the BART also really touched me! It is true these rare gems are gifts when we do not know how our work impacts.
    A heartfelt thanks!

  2. Irene Kenison October 22, 2019 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Thank you. Interested in the idea of moving from personal to classroum to community to social mindfulness. I agree that forming connections and relationships with diverse groups helps cultural awareness, but leaves the void as we rarely see the long-term fruits of our efforts. Fortunately, for me, the few times I run into those I have worked hard on connecting with, they hold on to that feeling of the importance of connection.

  3. Sue October 22, 2019 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Thank you. Wonderful work and very interesting and inspiring to hear.

  4. Lorraine A. Potter October 21, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    You are a credit to your work. I can tell you believe in your work. Thanks for sharing.

  5. may zaw naing October 21, 2019 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Appreciate for sharing. Thank you.

  6. Alicia Benitez October 20, 2019 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Oscar, what an inspirational life and courage to change your live through mindful path! I totally feel the need from youth around me to find a deep connection to themselves. I am from Mexico and living in Michigan by now and I want to share and help my son (12 years) to learn and enjoy mindfulness, is there a book you might recommend or a course? Thank you for sharing your experience.
    I will start working on managing my own triggers!

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