For 40 years, Nick Stein has produced non-fiction television programming for all the major broadcast and cable networks including Nat Geo, Animal Planet, Discovery, History, A&E, PBS, Smithsonian, as well as ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.
As Show Runner of National Geographic Television’s critically acclaimed series, “Border Wars,” he was embedded with U. S. Customs and Border Protection, ICE, DEA and the U.S. Coast Guard, producing 56 episodes over 4 years. While a ratings hit, Stein’s long term exposure to the cruelties of the cartel operatives, the suffering of countless immigrants and the plight of overburdened border agents, left him with a case of journalistic burn out.
Later in Montreal, Canada - where he worked after Border Wars finally wrapped - Stein found the emotional and cognitive relief he needed through a highly effective form of secular meditation called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This science-based contemplative system, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, put Nick on an sustained path of recovery and healing.
Back home in LA, he was accepted into the Intensive Practice Program at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) taking 2 classes a week. At the same time he began attending multi-day silent retreats led by some of America's top mindfulness teachers.
Currently, Stein is getting certified as a Mindfulness Teacher at the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s Teacher Training Program (EMI) run by esteemed teacher (and 14 year federal inmate!) Mr. Fleet Maull, who founded the Prison Dharma and Hospice Networks.
Today Nick facilitates various mindfulness meditation groups - a monthly "sangha" at his house in Studio City and, each week, 2 classes inside the Los Angeles County Men's Jail.
In addition, Nick is collaborating with law enforcement meditation pioneer Lt. Richard Goerling, as they work to bring this form of mental fitness to the men and women of policing across the country.
Stein is also a much sought after Public Speaker, giving media-rich keynote addresses to all manner of law enforcement conferences, colleges and think tanks.
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