I am grateful that you have decided to pursue this. It is much needed by so many... I learned a lot in tonight's meditation session. I feel different already even after just one class! I will definitely be doing the homework and will invite you to teach my children this practice, too.
-Michelle Hero Clarke
Weekly meditation sessions have helped me to stay focused and motivated during one of the most hectic times in my life.
Being able to take just a few minutes to calm down and become aware of my surroundings has been infinitely helpful when the responsibilities I have taken on in life seem unmanageable.
-Elias Pitegoff, Yarmouth HS senior and President of the Student Senate
I am in the middle of post season individual meetings with the women. Alexa Barry brought up the work she did with you and how she feels it significantly changed her outlook regarding free throws. She really credited you for her successes. I don’t know how much you followed us at the end, but Alexa is the absolute best young woman and really stepped up her play in our final games. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks again for all that you did and I certainly look forward to doing something next year.
-Adrienne Shibles, Head Women's Basketball Coach, Bowdoin College
You don't understand how huge this is for me. I never meditated before, but I love doing it because afterwards I feel so positive I can't even imagine being negative! That is really huge for someone like me who is much more used to being in a negative frame of mind.
-18 year old male inmate at Long Creek Youth Development Center
-Jackson, Yarmouth HS senior
I really love your style and approach to meditation! It is very direct and clear. This makes it much easier than the method I am used to practicing in Hong Kong. I am happy that we are going to collaborate in Hong Kong and work together to address the spiritual hunger on the planet!
-Wing Suen, Founder, Sound Light Studio, Hong Kong
I hope your teaching reaches every corner of the world!
-Tsering Lhamo, student at Siddhartha School, Ladakh, India
At first, I was uncertain about what to expect when I signed up for a meditation session instead of study hall, but a friend on the football team recommended it and now I know why – the experience in my first meditation session of was amazing! No one ever explained how I could breathe to relax and focus. I think Ms. Blake should go into every high school to teach students this technique. I wish she could teach us more than once a week.
-Tom, sophomore at Yarmouth HS
When I heard Ms. Blake talk about breathing and how people often start smoking to relax, I told her what they really need is a 'breath break,' not a cigarette break!
-Student at Yarmouth HS
My mother was really happy that my school was supporting me by offering the meditation sessions. She said she thinks it should be made available as a regular option.
-Asa, sophomore at Yarmouth HS
I am so happy that I have finally learned how to meditate! I love the practice and do it daily. I hope you will come to my retirement community to offer it to all of the people here.
-Barbara, 87 year old student
The children were completely engaged and every one of them was participating. It was awesome to see them sitting in meditation with people their parents' age!
-Judy,Co-director of youth education First Parish Church, Yarmouth
Thank you so much for coming to Casco Bay High School. We started a morning meditation group that meets each day before school after your visit. Come back and sit with us again.
-Michael Hale, Guidance Councelor Casco Bay HS
I have been meaning to try meditation for decades, and am blown away now that I have finally begun! This practice has benefitted me substantially over the past years. As a busy college professor and writer this gives me a way to ground myself and find clarity in the midst of it all!
-Patricia Welsch, Professor of Film Studies, Bowdoin College
"Part of meditation's appeal is it feels really good to relax and be present in the moment. By simply using our breath to slow down and get in touch with our body~mind connection we are able to experience an immediate sense of peace and relaxation, and what I like to call "Inspired Presence Evolution", which means we are happy to work for our own benefit and the benefit of others in equal measure.
Having taught thousands of people of all ages, nationalities and religious backgrounds, always asking to find out if anyone did not experience some benefit, I have yet to hear from anyone that they did not like what they experienced their very first time."