What is Mindfulness?

A quick surf around the internet will yield many definitions of mindfulness, because different groups of people emphasize different parts of the practice. Mindfulness has its roots in ancient eastern meditation practices, but has been taken out of this religious context and become a completely secular and approachable set of life skills used by millions of people across the world. Doctors, actors, pro athletes, teachers, and Fortune 500 CEO’s are now practicing mindfulness for the health and performance benefits which have been backed by current research.

The definition I use when talking to kids or adults is noticing what is happening now inside and outside your body and mind with kindness and curiosity. A simple definition might be paying attention, on purpose, or even more simply, noticing.

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Roots & Wings, LLC was founded in 2013 to fill what Jenny Mills saw as a huge need in education. Jenny taught in K-12 schools across New Jersey and Pennsylvania - charter and public, suburban and inner-city, teaching students young and old. Across all of these very different settings one thing was certain - it was getting more and more stressful to succeed in school, and no one was teaching our students (or their teachers!) how to manage the demands and ever-increasing pressures of the teaching and learning environment.

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Jenny Mills, M.Ed.

Founder of
Roots & Wings, LLC


Roots & Wings offers programming at colleges, universities, and in the workplace to raise awareness about the benefits of mindfulness. 

In addition to our on-site classes, Roots & Wings offers trainings and workshops which are open to teachers, counselors, school personnel across schools. The best way to stay up to date about upcoming trainings is to join our newsletter or check our events page. Customized...

Click here to learn more and register for our Everyday Mindfulness for teens class in partnership with Clearlight Meditation beginning 9/22/16! 


Mindfulness practices can help address the many issues kids and teens face, such as:

managing stress and anxietycoping with...

Not just about managing stress, new research has shown links between practicing mindfulness and increased brain and immune function as well as decreases in autoimmune and heart diseases. Treat yourself to the gift of learning mindfulness! To read more about the research behind...


  • Mindfulness is a powerful tool and it’s great that more children and educators are being introduced to it. Jenny Mills of Roots & Wings — and the Penn Program for Mindfulness — participated in an education conference that Catholic Partnership Schools of Camden held last March for more than 300 people.  Her sessions were standing room only.

    Pamela Rainey Lawler, Catholic Partnership Schools