We all play roles in our families—the calm elder sibling, the generous uncle, the wise parent—and each role comes with a set of expectations. When we inevitably fail to fulfill these expectations, disappointment and dispute arise within the household. In this series, meditation teacher Bart van Melik, who teaches mindfulness in juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and New York City public schools, will use the Buddha’s four noble truths to find new and supportive ways to approach the stresses we all face at home, turning familial conflict into harmony.

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