The Mindful Revolution is a student-run initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring how mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development can transform our education system from the inside out—at the level of the students themselves.
And what is mindfulness, you say? Oftentimes, people who are passionate about revolutionizing something, use words and phrases that others hear and interpret differently than intended. In this light, based on the research we have done, here is how we define mindfulness:
- conscious awareness of one’s current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings
- approaching one’s life in an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance
- being unconditionally present with whatever arises
Our goal is to raise awareness on the implications of minding one’s internal health—emotionally, socially, and psychologically. We plan to do this through exploring the existing research available on this topic as well as helping to launch and study a pilot mindfulness-based program called YES! (Youth Empowerment Seminar) right in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.