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Self-Worth – Apprentice Learning City Summer Internship

This summer, Hollister Institute hosted the Apprentice Learning City Summer Internship program – an opportunity for rising eighth and ninth grade girls to explore STEM careers in Boston. As part of the program, the girls were invited to Hollister’s meditation room to partake in a mindfulness session.

To kick it off, Kip began by asking the girls what they thought they were there for. “Therapy,” one of the girls answered, causing the room to fill with laughter. The silliness continued until one girl shouted, “Mindfulness!” To this, Kip nodded, and the room began to settle.

“How many of you have stress in your life?” she asked. Each girl instantly raised her hand. Her next question, however, would throw them for a loop. “Who feels awesome about who they are?” Seconds later, only a few hands remained in the air. “Welcome to the human condition,” Kip replied, assuring

Apprentice Learning City Summer Interns visiting Hollister Institute

them that they were not alone in this feeling and that our habitual negative thoughts tend to arise if we allow them to.

Kip explained to them how she was fortunate in her first job to have a boss who introduced her to meditation. Through this practice, she discovered that she was able to feel more confident and self-assured. The reality that her negative thinking was a habit that could be shifted had completely stunned her. Kip reassured the group by saying, “Here’s the truth team: you are not your thoughts.” Kip explained that our thoughts create our reality, so it is critical to focus on feeding our positive thoughts. Ultimately, we each get to choose whether or not we will be imprisoned by our minds.

She ended the session by leading the group through a guided meditation. The girls’ response was overwhelming – many of them claimed they felt relieved of their stress, as well as a sense of calmness and happiness. It was an eye-opening hour. Everyone left feeling invigorated, optimistic and excited.

Apprentice Learning City Summer Interns visiting Hollister Institute
Apprentice Learning City Summer Interns visiting Hollister Institute
Apprentice Learning City Summer Interns visiting Hollister Institute
Apprentice Learning City Summer Interns visiting Hollister Institute
Apprentice Learning City Summer Interns visiting Hollister Institute