April was filled with unique and powerful events and workshops. We are very grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with some incredible community members and organizations.
Critter Compassion: Learn about Amazing Animal Helpers
We partnered with an amazing heart-led organization called Xenephon Therapeutic Riding Center. Our families got to learn about kids with special needs, practice outdoor yoga, visit with therapy dogs and horses and make cookies for the horses.
While we receive countless testimonials from families who attend our Mindful Littles events about the positive impact of our work, it isn’t often that we are able to speak with the beneficiaries of our service projects- the ones who receive the hygiene kits, the food baskets, the meals and so much more. We know that the populations we serve feel the impact of our work when we learn of stories such as a Youth Homes foster care child saying that “it felt like Christmas” to receive one of our hygiene kits. But it’s a rare opportunity to be able to speak to someone directly. Recently we were lucky enough to have this opportunity with a veteran named Travis Groft.Read more →
March has been a busy month with lots of exciting projects and workshops. Here are just some highlights from March!
Shelter Workshop at the Animal Rescue Foundation
Always a hit are our shelter workshops at the Animal Rescue Foundation. Families had a chance to make animals with clay, do some fun animal yoga poses and get a wonderful interactive tour of the shelter with ARF.
Cooking Meals for Operation Dignity
We had the chance to cook meals for Operation Dignity in Oakland. Local families joined us to make stuffed pasta shells and croissants with hazelnut spread. This was the first time we had Youth Leaders from Boys Charity League join us to deliver the meals to the shelter.
AWE workshop at Temple Isaiah Jewish Sunday School
We are doing more and more educational workshops at local institutions. Temple Isaiah in Lafayette welcomed us to facilitate workshop on a Jewish value called Awe. Families had a chance to learn about Awe, practice yoga outdoors and make treasure chests filled with awe-inspiring goodies to take home.
Lamorinda Moms Egg Hunt
Some of our youth leaders, Reagan and Harper, ran an entire station at the Lamorinda Moms Egg Hunt and visited with hundreds of families. Mindful Littles is the exclusive charity partner for Lamorinda Moms, and we are excited to be teaming up for the April 29 backpack event to help Oakland Unified School District.
Emergency Backpacks for the Homeless with White Pony Express
A special event to help to a special nonprofit organization- White Pony Express- which dedicates itself to helping low-income people with a lot of love. We organized an Emergency Backpack project to help provide cold weather supplies and kits that the homeless could use.
A powerful aspect of our Mindful Littles organization is our Youth Leadership program in which older kids- middle school, high school and college students- volunteer with our organization in a variety of capacities. These teenagers join our efforts as volunteer staff to help us oversee kindness and mindfulness stations, help with event activities and much more. They are instrumental to the success of our events and workshops, and provide a source of creativity and fresh energy that infuses our nonprofit. In turn these Youth Leaders benefit by learning about mindfulness and compassion practices all while being able to help young children and serve a community in need. Read more →
Kindness was the theme for today’s Sunday School class. One of the most powerful mechanisms to feel and express kindness is through loving-kindness meditation- also known as metta meditation. I have written posts in the past about this practice and integrated it into our programming in different ways. Read more →
My husband and I joined 26 beautiful souls on Just Be Yoga’s Manifest Maui retreat. The life-changing experience was nothing short of extraordinary. We took the trip in celebration of my upcoming 40th birthday. So while the trip is very fresh on my mind, I wanted to journal and share 40 reflections from the retreat- ones that I hope to continue to soak in for quite some time…if not forever. Read more →
A few months ago one afternoon, I was at my wit’s end with the girls, and I could tell that I was on the verge of losing my cool with them. It was one of those everyday parenting moments that we have all had-when our kids are having meltdowns, or sibling fights are in full swing, all while the chaos of the rest of our lives unfolds at that very same inopportune moment, and it feels like the whole world is pushing on our every last nerve. Read more →
Last year a friend told me about a unique journal called “One Line a Day,” which spans a 5-year period. Each page in the journal is for a particular month and day (e.g., January 1) and there are 5 different spaces on each page for each year 2018, 2019, etc. You write an entry for a particular day like January 1, 2018. The next day you flip to the next page to fill in the entry for January 2, 2018. You continue writing through all 365 days of the year in this manner, and when 2019 arrives, you return to the beginning of the book to fill in the 2nd entry space for the January 1 page. The beauty of this journal concept is that not only does it make journal writing manageable through simple and short entries, but there’s also an easy mechanism to read your entries over time. Read more →
Yesterday Mindful Littles and MySustainableTable teamed up again for another Cookin’ for a Cause event, and this time we got to make over 300 meals for the Bay Area Rescue Mission. The Bay Area Rescue Mission has been around since 1965, providing food, shelter, clothes and resources for homeless people in Northern California. In the Bay Area alone, there are over 150,000 extremely low-income people and 35,000 homeless people. In fact San Francisco has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city. In one dinner alone, Bay Area Rescue Mission serves 300 people, and with the help of organizations like ours, we can make a small difference to help the shelter deliver it’s mission. Read more →
Making mandala ornaments was a really fun and easy mindfulness activity to do with the littles. I got small wood slices with jute twine from Amazon, thinking it would be fun to make some homemade ornaments with the girls. When I got the wood slices, I noticed the natural concentric circles on the slices, which immediately reminded me of mandalas so that spurred the idea for our art project.