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Michael McAlister & Infinite Smile
In 2001, the Infinite Smile Sangha (501[c]3) came into being as a way for seekers to integrate relevant spiritual practices with 21st century living. It continues today with members of the Sangha (Sanskrit for “community”) working to embody the transformation that they wish to see in the world through the Zen-inspired, meditative practices that Michael McAlister both leads and teaches. He just completed his studies for a Global Executive Doctorate in Education, with his dissertation dealing with the integration of mindfulness practices in US high schools.
Awake In This Life
Deepening Awareness: The Integration of Mindfulness Practices in United States High Schools
Mindfulness practices build an attentive awareness of the present moment and appear to support the kind of well-being school communities seek to cultivate. Currently there are increases in demands for the services offered by crisis counselors, who work to serve students’ emotional needs. Students are increasingly reporting levels of chronic sadness, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation. This is reflected nationally with high school students around the country reporting increased incidents of stress and depression. Michael’s recent doctoral study deals extensively with this topic.