Kirk Intlekofer is one of the Mindful Moment staff members at Patterson. (Photo: Patterson Press)
By Christian Pietrowski,
I interviewed four staff members that work for the Holistic Life Institute’s Mindful Moment program at Patterson High School and this is what they said.
Patterson Press: When did you start working for the Mindful Moment program?
Ross: I started 3 years ago.
Lloyd: This is actually my first year with the Holistic Life Foundation.
Diana: July of 2016.
Kirk: I started 5 years ago.
Patterson Press: Do you enjoy the program?
Ross: It doesn’t feel like a job and I love interacting with the kids.
Lloyd: I enjoy it and love keeping yoga alive.
Diana: I love it. It has a lot of cool and fun things that come with it.
Kirk: Yes, I love the program.
Patterson Press: What is your favorite thing about the program?
Ross: Getting to relax and also to be able to stay calm in stressful situations
Lloyd: Getting good feedback from students and getting good results
Diana: Interacting with individual students and connecting on a personal level with them
Kirk: The discussions with the kids
Patterson Press: What do you hope to change in teens and young adults?
Ross: I wish for teens to have an open mind and to foresee things.
Lloyd: Help lift inner-city people and to bring more of a positive vibe
Diana: That they incorporate these skills into their daily life
Kirk: for teens and young adults and even kids to develop a greater self awareness
Patterson Press: What would you suggest for someone stressing?
Lloyd: Take time out of your life to try the program and to try options and don’t go straight to violence.
Patterson Press: What do you wish to tell people about the program?
Diana: We open our doors to everybody, students and everyone in the Patterson community.
Kirk: Our doors are open to help anyone stressing out and that is in need.
The Patterson Press would like to thank the Mindful Moment staff for taking the time to talk to us.
An update from the Mindful Moment staff:
The Holistic Life Foundation’s Mindful Moment Room is located in classroom 103A. HLF is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children, teens, and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach we help develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care. HLF demonstrates a deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment and is also committed to developing high-quality, evidence based, curriculum that focuses on helping to improve the well-being of the community as a whole.
The Mindful Moment (MM) staff hosts daily classes in the MM room (103A). The staff will also visit classrooms to enhance the daily schedule with short sessions, usually involving breathing exercises, seated movement and mindful reflection. With practice, these exercises can help to improve focus and attention, which are both keys to success.
Students having problems, including emotional issues, should be referred to the MM Room by a member of the faculty. However each student must have a referral form, signed by a teacher and an administrator and these forms are located in the Main Office.
MM is looking for all students interested in joining the Mindful Moment Ambassadors program. These students should visit the MM Room during lunch hours, or free periods, for details. Ambassadors will be trained to teach techniques that are used every day, including yoga,mindful reflection and breathing exercises. We asked one of our ambassadors, Chris Bowman, “What is mindfulness to you?”. His response: “Mindfulness is my escape from the clutter of the busy world.”
We have additional roles for students as well. Anyone interested in earning community service hours by helping us with many activities should stop by and talk with a MM staff member about expectations and incentives.