Forgiveness & Trauma

Attached are two articles by POF Grad Linda Sparrowe on Forgivenes and Trauma from Yoga International magazine.   YI_forgiveness.pdf YI_Trauma.pdf

Dos and Don’ts When Teaching Mindfulness

By Deborah Schoberlein for the Huffington Post, February 12, 2012 In education, we always try to emphasize the positive and encourage best practices; after all, promoting something good is more palatable and typically more effective than discouraging something bad. It’s...

Minding Myself, Minding Others

Reflections on the Path of Freedom Webinar By Joyce Greenberg for Daily Self Cure (blog), February 4, 2013 Besides the Zen meditation retreat I attended last weekend, I also had two mindfulness experiences last week that reinforced the value of my training. In Janurary, I took a...

Going Home

                by Rob B – prisoner Here in the penitentiary when guys talk about “going home” they are referring to being released from prison and returning to some sort of residence in the outer world.  But for now, in...

Mindfulness in Action

We arrived last Thursday at the prison where we taught the last class of the 16-week Path of Freedom class. There is one more class next week when we will present Certificates of Completion, do a brief review of what we learned, and then basically shoot the breeze and party....

Meditation In Prison

Prison, instituted to separate man from society, can easily cause a deeper rift between the prisoner and the community than is wise; if one sees prison as a temporary separation experience.  As one tries to survive the prison experience one can take on behavioral responses which...

Unlikely Friends

“Unlikely Friends” a new documentary by Leslie Neale (Juvies) is a film about the victims of brutal crimes who through forgiveness unexpectedly become friends with the those who have harmed them the most.   The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the...

2012 Accomplishments

The Year of the Water Dragon was an exciting and action packed year for PDN/PMI. Here are some of our accomplishments during the past year: Groundbreaking Prison Staff Training This year we launched the first mindfulness-based prison staff development training and research study...

The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”  Lewis B. Smedes Jack Kornfeld , Buddhist teacher and author shares extraordinary stories of forgiveness–and explains how the next story could be yours.

Letter from Fleet Maull

Dear Friend of PDN, For the past 23 years we have been lighting candles in the darkness for tens of thousands of prisoners and their families caught in the machinery of a growing prison industrial complex that relies on depleting community resources in order to warehouse more and...
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