Flowers of Unity: Community Art Project

Please contribute flowers to the Mindful Littles Black Lives Matters Community Art Project.  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 Matters movement, we are collecting paper and fabric flowers from the community.  The flowers will adorn the portraits of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor being painted by Julie Atkinson, a member of the Mindful Littles community and co-facilitator of the Mindful Littles’ racial justice presentations, “Engaging Families on Race: Dialogue, Art & Action”.  (Registration link below.)

Our goal is to have flowers of all different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors to frame the portraits of George and Breonna.  Feel free to make as many as you’d like!

Suggestions for how to make flowers:

Suggested size is 3 inches in diameter, but smaller or larger is okay too!

How to Submit Your Flower(s):
  1. Please write a message of support for the Black Lives Matters movement on the flower, or a message of love for those who have lost their lives.
  2. Mail your flowers to Mindful Littles at: 21C Orinda Way, #405, Orinda CA 94563
  3. Please submit your flower(s) before August 14, 2020.

This project is being organized by East Bay Area Artist, Julie Atkinson, who is also collaborating with Mindful Littles on our Engaging Families on Race: Dialogue, Art & Action workshops.

A Black Life Is a Human Life

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 >

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