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Responses from Lesson 1

Mindfulness & Self Awareness




In their own words, the Fellows reflect on the impact the

T.R.U.S.T. Program has had on them. 


"The breathing activity was relaxing after the second week.  But controlling my thinking was difficult."


"I tried the sound practice in my cell, but there’s so much loudness...on the yard it was easier, I could hear my shoes on the ground, on the gravel, I could hear my breathing."


“That’s the beauty of these practices. No matter how much we think we know, we can always learn something new (about ourselves) through basic practice because there is nothing basic about meditation."


"I'm slowly changing into a new me. These exercises give me a chance to accept the situation that I'm in, deal with it without the stress and move on."


"All through the day I hear the same sounds like a radio, keys jiggling, cell doors...normally these sounds... are a nuisance but with this sound practice it makes it all soothing"


"That between pause is that place that can make all the difference in a person’s life...this is the lifestyle for me."


“I understand why God put me inside jail-he wanted to pause me.”


“The Pause thing was big for me because in that pause I was able to get my head right and see how I could make things better without things going from bad to worse.” 


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