Making Mindful Meals for Thanksgiving

Food. One of the most important and basic human needs, and yet 1 in 9 people are chronically undernourished in the world- around 795 million people according to the United Nations.  The majority of undernourished are in developing countries, but there are local communities right in the Bay Area which suffer from homelessness and hunger. Yesterday we had the incredible opportunity to do a very small part to feed some local community members as part of our new Cookin’ for a Cause program. Read more

Wishing our Veterans Peace, Love and Heartfelt Gratitude

In years past I have always spoken of our veterans with great respect and honor, but it isn’t until this year that I really appreciated the human experience of our veterans and their loved ones.  This appreciation goes beyond our political views, our religious views, our differences; it is about understanding the humanness of what a veteran may have gone through in the hopes of protecting some of the greatest freedoms we have in this country. Read more

OrindaCares: Express Kindness in November

November 13th is WORLD KINDNESS DAY and as part of OrindaCares, we have some exciting initiatives planned to celebrate this GLOBAL CELEBRATION during the month of November.  Our November initiative is focused on two major aspects:  Expressing Kindness Creatively and Expressing Kindness for Those in Need.   

With the leadership of some incredible community members to spearhead these efforts, OrindaCares is launching several kindness projects.

What are we doing as a community? Read more

As a Community…We Rallied, We Assembled, We Helped.

The silver lining to a disaster is the power of community coming together to create positive change.  After kickstarting our OrindaCares: Helping Hands for Houston project just 5 weeks ago, we saw the force of good that can come out of a community-wide effort to help those in need.  Here’s just a small synopsis of our community efforts.  Read more

The Tricky Topic of Natural Disasters

It’s hard to believe that Hurricane Harvey occurred less than two months ago.  Given the onslaught of disasters from Irma to Maria to Mexico to Vegas and now the California fires, the devastating Texas hurricane feels like it was ages ago.  Often speaking to our littles about these disasters is a tricky subject.  We don’t want to traumatize our littles, especially when the news is overwhelming for even most bigs. However, we also don’t want to shelter them from the realities of life, or ignore that they may be exposed to the news regardless.

Last week as part of our OrindaCares initiative I spoke at school wide assemblies at all elementary schools in our local district about our efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The goal of the talks was to help the children understand why we were doing our first Helping Hands for Houston project.   We want our students to not only engage in service work, but do it from a place of compassion.  As I prepped for the talks, I journeyed into my own heart.  Read more

Exploring and Thanking Mother Nature

This past weekend we launched Mindful Littles’ first Kids ‘n Nature program.  We partnered with two wonderful organizations, John Muir Land Trust (JMLT), and Tinkergarten to deliver this program.  JMLT’s vision is “to ensure that the beauty, diversity and fullness of our natural areas continue to enrich and sustain all generations of life.”  To fulfill this vision, they protect and care for open spaces all around the East Bay in Northern California.  Tinkergarten is “on a mission to elevate childhood,” through outdoor learning.  They hope children “develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.”  The trifecta effect of our partnership is pretty unique to be able to offer a mindful, immersive outdoor experience to help families appreciate our natural surroundings in a new way. Read more