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Reflections and Gratitude as Noah Transitions to Teen Program

29 Mar 2017 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

With much gratitude and metta to Noah Stepp for this heartfelt sharing about his experience in the FCM Family Program and recent transition to the Teen Program

Almost 4 years ago my mom started going to FCM. At first I wanted nothing to do with the Center. I had never enjoyed any of the other Sunday schools I had attended and didn’t want to go to another one. One weekend a family gathering was led by Diane Powell. I made my first mindfulness jar! When we were driving home I realized it wasn’t as I thought it was going to be. Then the Family Program started. I was one of the first kids to go and I was excited! I made a commitment to myself that day that as long as mom went to the Center I would go to the Family Program. 

These are just a few of the many things I have learned:

  • How to ring the bell
  • How and why to bow
  • Mindful eating
  • How to notice your emotions
  • Using a mindfulness jar
  • Feeling where feelings are in my body
  • Life of Buddha
  • Lineage of Buddhism and how Fred connects us to it all
  • Thich Nhah Hanh
  • How to use the breathing ball
  • Mindful walking
  • Yoga
  • The Two Promises
  • Given my Dharma name
  • Songs from Plum Village
  • What mindfulness really means to me

I turned 13 in February and have now moved into the Teen Program. I attended the Mindful Teen Half Day Retreat and one Sunday Teen Program. It has been a great transition for me. I want to thank everyone for guiding me along this path. A special thanks to Betsy, Suzy and Karuna for being my Dharma teachers. You all have taught me a lot and I always felt supported by you. I also want to thank the sangha. You have listened to me “check-in” about what we have done and learned while attending the Family Program. Your supportive listening, kindness and laughter is so appreciated. I would look out at everyone smiling at me and it always made me feel so good!

Deeply bowing,


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