First Path of Freedom Facilitator Retreat a Success

On July 21-23, 2017, 20 graduates of the 6 week introduction to the Path of Freedom curriculum of Prison Mindfulness Institute gathered at our center in Deerfield, MA (photos by Doug Jackson and Fleet Maull).     Meeting the people with whom I usually interact online, I...

Caught in the Victim Role? What Discussion Reveals

The sixty men taking our Path of Freedom class at the county jail had just completed the exercise in the workbook, “How Much Do I Ge Caught in the Victim Role?” As we began discussing responses, an inmate in his fifties, raised his hand. He moved forward in his seat, his forehead...

Being a Suspect

I was a suspect, and I didn’t do anything to deserve it. I had submitted the usual paperwork to renew my security clearance, as I’d done for the past three years that I’d been leading meditation sessions and teaching the Path of Freedom at our county jail. But this time,...

The Path of Forgiveness

“For the first time in my life, I’m beginning to forgive my parents.” An inmate in his thirties told us this with a tremble in his voice after I led the Forgiveness Meditation. This was the second time that “Dan” (not his real name) participated in this exercise from the Path of...
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