Character Nourishment

Our Primary Focus – character nourishment through mindfulness: Each day STLC provides many opportunities to cultivate our beneficial character qualities — focusing on inner growth, living with integrity, innovative thinking, communication skills, and the ability to collaborate — while acknowledging our interconnectedness. We are committed to guiding students as they develop their innate resilience, flexibility, compassion, knowledge, and disposition for life-long learning on their own unique paths to becoming mindful, concentrated, insightful, interdependent, and joyful beings.

Our curriculum includes the study of 19 character qualities that we practice together daily. We use our co-operative academic studies, as well as our ongoing participation in meditation, NVC and wise care of our environment and community, as our main practice tools in our quest for individual evolvement of the following character qualities.     

Co-operation

  • loving speech
  • deep listening
  • team work
  • collaboration
  • integrative leadership
  • participation
  • consensus

Honoring Oneself

  • self-knowledge
  • mindfulness
  • self-compass
  • self-regulation
  • confidence
  • cultivating physical & mental health
  • personal cleanliness
  • transforming habits that don’t serve us

Wisdom

  • understanding
  • logical reasoning
  • learning from experiences
  • making safe choices
  • mindful consumption
  • insight
  • listening for and trusting our inner voices

Love

  • friendship
  • tenderness
  • caring
  • affection
  • generosity
  • lovingkindness
  • appreciation

Integrity

  • honesty
  • openness
  • trustworthiness
  • straightforwardness
  • ethical standards

Commitment

  • conscientiousness
  • best effort
  • dedication
  • conviction
  • diligence
  • follow-through

Patience

  • perseverance
  • empathy
  • stamina
  • calm endurance

Courage

  • bravery
  • strength
  • facing fears
  • moral courage
  • admitting mistakes
  • assurance

Creativity

  • resourcefulness
  • innovation
  • imagination
  • curiosity
  • invention

Community Service

  • awareness of community needs
  • benevolence
  • collaboration
  • civic responsibility
  • serve willingly and cheerfully

Freedom

  • fairness
  • openness
  • justice
  • equal opportunity
  • flexibility
  • vision
  • interdependence

Humility

  • gratitude
  • selflessness
  • grace
  • inner strength
  • simplicity

 Joy

  • enthusiasm
  • cheerfulness
  • sense of humor
  •  happiness
  • spontaneity
  • delight
  • optimism

Responsibility

  • dependability
  • lawful obedience
  • keeping agreements
  • being accountable for one’s words and actions

Environmental Awareness

  • appreciating beauty in nature
  • moderation
  • preservation
  • exploration
  • conservation
  • cleaned and organized living spaces

Peace

  • harmony
  • forgiveness
  • peacemaking
  • making amends
  • conflict resolution
  • serenity
  • restorative circles

Compassion

  • generosity
  • kindheartedness
  • understanding
  • awareness
  • empathy

Effective Work Habits

  • efficiency
  • thoroughness
  • concentration
  • initiative
  • accuracy
  • punctuality
  • organization
  • setting priorities

Valuing Others

  • acceptance
  • appreciation
  • courtesy
  • valuing the needs of others
  • active listening
  • compassionate language