If every child is taught the practice of meditation by the age of 8, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation
— The Dalai Lama

For those of you who may not know me, I have been exercising mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga for more than half of my life. As a former professional football player, my meditation practice was always at the backbone of my ability to handle stress and perform under immense pressure. Even during my transition from the NFL, I relied on meditation to keep my mind clear and focused. It was really what helped me understand my next transition and purpose as a wellness expert.

The Dalai Lama once said, "If every child is taught the practice of meditation by the age of 8, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation"  I am a firm believer in this and have made it my life's mission to be a mindfulness advocate to children and youth all over the world.

In a world which there is an expectation of an external remedy for problems, I feel it is imperative that we understand that we can take control of our own lives and find solutions. Not everything in life can be solved by a quick fix, and believing so has been detrimental to our society. The one thing that we never learn as youngsters is how to look inward and investigate where the root cause of our issues arise. I believe that this process of mindfulness and awareness is an important step to curing what plagues each and every one of us.  Mindfulness is the solution.

As a part of my mission to teach kids around the world about mindfulness, I have been fortunate enough to travel around the country sharing my message.  I have had the privilege of speaking with some of the most inspiring students as well as some of the most thought provoking and brilliant leaders in the field of mindfulness.  

Although it was never my intention to receive recognition or be in the spotlight for doing something I feel is needed, I would like to give a special shout out to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) for capturing a mindfulness workshop I had with the College Park Rams in Atlanta, Georgia. At a time where most of the media dealing with former professional athletes seems to be negative, I am proud to say that the AJC focuses on positivity within its community. In addition to the AJC, I want to give a big thanks to Mrs. Helena Olivero for writing the story, as well as the College Park Rams for taking the time to learn how to breathe and focus. These guys were awesome! To check out the full story please visit here or click the picture to your left.

If you haven't had a chance to check out my newest youth novel, Danny Yukon & The Secrets of The Amazing Lamp, I suggest you go here and learn more about this great book. I will not stop teaching, writing, and advocating for Mindfulness. Please support my work by purchasing this great novel. This book is a great mindfulness tool for ages 9 - 13, but the lessons and values taught in it can be used by everyone. Keep dreaming and using your imagination, so you too can become your own Genie. I'mAGine

Organizations and individuals looking for ways to motivate youth to read and expose them to creating a healthy lifestyle that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being may use this book as a beginning.
— Maxine Smith Ed.D., Executive Director, Mayor’s Commission for Children, Youth and Families, Charleston, SC.