Race to Right Here Right Now

Mindfulness as a key to lasting happiness

Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT

The documentary Race to Nowhere made a powerful impact on me. The film highlights the state of the problems facing our youth today and the impact of always feeling we have to strive to get somewhere and do something.

Subsequently, I was asked to speak at an inaugural conference, Wisdom 2.0 Youth. I was asked for the title of my talk and somehow Race to Right Here Right Now arose in my mind. What first presented as a fleeting thought, an idea for a catchy title for a talk, has remained with me years later.

Many of us, at a very young age, are already racing to somewhere, but we're losing the race to being right here, right now. We always want to attain a goal, accomplish a task, or move forward in our education or our career. But how often do we just sit in what is? What would happen to our youth if instead of racing for the next life hurdle we taught them to race towards mindfulness and embrace being right here, right now in the present moment?

Mindfulness is the perfect tool for youth to manage everyday stressors like school pressures, difficulty focusing and feelings of being overcommitted. Even in the midst of very difficult times and struggles, if we widen our eyes just a little bit, it can rejuvenate us.

I encourage you, and the youth around you, to start the race to mindfulness. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but you can download my three favorite (and free!) mindfulness techniques developed especially for teens.

Get Your Free Download: Three Mindfulness Techniques for Teens

This blog was contributed by PESI speaker Gina M. Biegel, LMFT. Gina is a San Francisco Bay Area based psychotherapist, researcher and author specializing in bringing mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is the founder of Stressed Teens, which has offered the MBSR-T to adolescents, families, schools, professionals and the community for over 12 years.

She is the author of the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens.

Topic: Mindfulness | Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Tags: Activity | How To | Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR | Mindfulness Exercises | Teens | Tools

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:29:54 PM | posted by Kirsten Hughes

Friday, August 30, 2019 12:23:49 PM | posted by Deb Kalkstein-Lamb
This will be a great addition to have on hand for my work with high school teens. Thanks!

Monday, July 2, 2018 4:21:59 PM | posted by Jennifer Jude Alamia
Looking forward to this.

Friday, June 15, 2018 1:39:49 PM | posted by Meghana Thakar

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:03:23 AM | posted by Debra Leck
I would love the download for the Three Mindfulness Techniques for Teens! Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:10:14 PM | posted by Valerie Weeks
Thank you

Monday, June 4, 2018 7:41:21 PM | posted by Sun Shim
Thank you for data.

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:55:01 PM | posted by Matt
I’m utilizing mindfulness in each session I complete.

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:32:42 PM | posted by joan van epps
I work exclusively with teens and am interested in using mindfulness techniques with a group that I am facilitating

Monday, June 4, 2018 2:48:35 AM | posted by Peter Creagh
Thank you. I too work with young people and try to both model and encourage the advantages of PAUSING once or twice a day.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 10:29:54 PM | posted by Wendy
This looks like a great way to learn without breaking the bank!

Sunday, June 3, 2018 4:32:14 PM | posted by Ron Martinez
Thanks for the exercises.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 12:54:04 PM | posted by Carey Tompkins
Looking forward to accessing the download. I provide counseling and consulting to teens who have experienced developmental trauma and their parents. Thank you