A few years ago when visiting family for Thanksgiving, we decided to put up a Gratitude Tree. Without much fanfare, the kids and their cousins passed around autumn leaves and markers and asked everyone to share what they were grateful for.
We’re all in a state of burnout. It’s been eight months since the beginning of the pandemic, almost three months since distance learning started up (again), racial injustice is ongoing and we’re in the middle of one of the most emotionally challenging national elections in history.
What better way to connect with your daughter than to co-found an organization dedicated to supporting the well-being of young people through kindness, courage and compassion? Well, that’s just what Cynthia Germanotta and her daughter, Lady Gaga, did with Born This Way Foundation.
It might sound basic, but pre-planning your week is really helpful for creating boundaries and setting expectations, for yourself and with your family. In uncertain times, it also helps relieve the stressors of not knowing what comes next and feeling overwhelmed about trying to “fit it all in.” Time apart from school and work is important for emotional well-being, connection with others and practicing self-compassion.
Nurturing compassionate connections is vital. Whether it’s checking on your neighbors, supporting local businesses or wearing your mask, showing we care is a powerful way to lift each other up. Here are a few mindful ways to show compassion and appreciation for those in your neighborhood:
We hope this email finds you enjoying this strange summer, and finding time to practice peace within yourself. As coronavirus cases spike and we face looming prospects of a longer shelter-in-place, we’ve compiled some resources for you, including practices to encourage restful sleep and cultivate a mindful approach to the uncharted waters we’re wading through.
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.
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.
Our goal is to have flowers of all different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors to frame the portraits of George and Breonna. Make as many as you like!
Read more about this project & download printable flowers to decorate and contribute to this powerful community art project!
A Letter from Lisa, our magical Editor in Chief:
Talking about topics like race or sexual orientation is sometimes uncomfortable. But at Mindful Littles, we’re up for uncomfortable. That’s because we believe compassion is the perfect companion for discomfort. When we meet ourselves and others with compassion, we’re ready to listen, empathize and make change.
Which brings me to rainbows. I’ve been thinking a lot about rainbows lately. Yes, I’m sure it has to do with the fact that June is Pride Month, but I think it also has to do with the national protests calling for racial justice. Read More >