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Theo Koffler

Theo Koffler is the Founder and Executive Director of Mindfulness Without Borders, a non-profit organization that focuses on advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness in educational, healthcare, and corporate settings. Mindfulness Without Borders believes that brought to scale, its programs can nurture a broad range of human competencies – intellectual and emotional – which prepare individuals to thrive and collaborate.

Advocating for SEL and education reform, Ms. Koffler has served on several boards and advisory committees including the Hawn Foundation, Inner Kids, and the Garrison Institute – where she co-authored the first-ever mapping report on Contemplation and Education in K-12 Educational Settings in the United States.

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Kids In School
Mindfulness is a way of being and thinking that grows out of paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to what is happening in the present moment. When we are mindful, we deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations), and what is happening outside us, in our environment. The intention is to see things as they are...
mindfullistening
Listening seems like a natural skill, yet it requires attention and practice to stay present and truly hear what another person is communicating.  The mind tends to wander, and our internal narratives and busy thoughts fragment our attention and sap our ability to stay focused in the moment. Our emotions can also interfere with our ability to listen. For instance, the other...
Last week, I was in the grocery store when I came across a rack of Father’s Day greeting cards. As I looked through the cards honoring dads, I started to think about how occasions like Father’s Day, birthdays, and anniversaries typically prompt us to celebrate special people in our lives. They’re a chance to reflect on how important these individuals are to us and how they have...