To memorialize and honor the numerous Black individuals who have been killed by police or vigilantes, and to declare our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we are collecting paper and fabric flowers from the community.
We recently connected with two Lamorinda Activists this week, after hearing them speak at the Orinda Peaceful Protest. Miramonte high school student Ava Moran and Howard University student Kaylyn Goode provided great insights on their personal experiences with racism, and suggestions on what we can all do next to keep “fighting the good fight” towards racial justice.
A letter from our founder:
“Why did the police officer squeeze his neck?”
This was the question my 8-year old asked us as my husband and I openly shared how George Floyd died in one of the most brutal ways a person could die. Throughout the week, my daughter’s question has been swirling through my head. And it wasn’t until this morning that it became clear why this was such an important question.
At Mindful Littles we believe EVERY human is born compassionate. Science backs this up, and it is a fundamental truth that we believe — that children are authentically courageously compassionate. So how does a person get to a point where they can place their knee, not for a moment, but for 8 minutes 46 seconds to brutally kill another? What is it that transpires in one’s life where they no longer can connect to that innate compassionate state? If all beings are born compassionate, how do we grow up to treat others as slaves, to oppress, to treat another as less than human? Read More >
Kindness is at the core of everything we do at Mindful Littles. By practicing kindness to oneself, we in turn are able to spread kindness in the world. Even the smallest acts of kindness have a ripple effect into the world, and can have such a great impact for both the giver and the receiver.
For many of us, the “Shelter-in-Place” orders have created highs and lows and everything in between. As we continue making daily choices on how to cope with and survive this new reality, cultivating a positive perspective can have a great impact on our physical and mental well-being.
While it feels as though there is very little that we can control in our lives right now, we can choose to respond with peace for ourselves and for the world around us. When faced with life’s stressors, it takes courage to not react, but to respond with peace.
We’ve all had the experience of looking down at our feet only to realize we are wearing two different socks. Lately our emotions can feel the same way — mixed up. This week we have some practices to help us take a time-in and return to a more centered place in our minds and bodies.
Connecting with nature is one of the simplest and most effective ways we can bring more peace, awe, and joy into our daily lives. We hope the practices and resources we share in this week’s Dose of Peace will support you and your family to tap into the healing and playful power of nature from home.
Our Mindful Littles team has been reflecting on the endurance it takes to keep doing our best, day by day and moment by moment, as sheltering in place stretches on. We are all facing the uncertainty of not knowing when this will end, and looking into the future can feel overwhelming. Coming back to our breath allows us to be in the present moment, because often that’s all we can control.
In this special edition of our Weekly Dose of Peace, we’re sharing a mindful service project that your family can do from home to show your support to all the essential workers in your community who are keeping things running in these difficult times.