Adam Lowenstein teaches English at Santa Fe Prep, having taught for the past 18 years both in independent schools and higher education. He received his PhD in English from UCLA in 2011, writing about 19th-century American author Henry James’s efforts to elevate the craft of fiction to an art form. In 2016, on the eve of the birth of his first child, Adam downloaded the Headspace app and started meditating, quickly building a daily practice and becoming a devoted student not only of his own mind and life but also of the spiritual traditions out of which the modern mindfulness movement has sprung. Seeing a need in his school community for the kind of benefits that he began seeing in his own life, Adam enrolled in a yearlong mindfulness teaching training program for youth-serving professionals with an organization called Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). He has since offered hundreds of drop-in meditation sessions and dozens of mindfulness workshops to his school communities. Adam currently teaches 9th grade English at Prep and enjoys running the trails near his home, reading historical fiction, poetry, and books about Zen and other Buddhist schools, and exploring Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with his wife and two small children.
Imagine a day of reading haiku masters Basho and Issa, or Romantic poets Wordsworth and Shelley, out in the breathtaking natural landscape of Northern New Mexico, wandering the mountains and arroyos as we wander the lines on the page together, becoming full of the richness, mystery, and beauty of both. How did these poets distill…