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

#OrindaCares: Educating and Inspiring Children to be Compassionate Global Citizens

We strive for all Orinda students to contribute as engaged, compassionate citizens to local, national, and global communities. That is why we have launched #OrindaCares, a partnership program between Mindful Littles, Orinda Schools, Miramonte High School and The City of Orinda to inspire all Orinda students through meaningful service learning opportunities.

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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

A Loving-Kindness Letter Exchange from One Country to Another

Yesterday Mindful Littles had a wonderful opportunity to lead a mindful service project at one of our local elementary schools.  We partnered with Julie Atkinson of Center of Hope Haiti (COHH) to teach some littles about the world abroad.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, COHH built a school for now almost 100 impoverished children including some orphans. The school in Hinche, Haiti is a sanctuary for many of these kids and provides these children with access to education and opportunities they would not have otherwise had. Read more

Groovin’ & Minglin’ Together for a Soul-Soothing Event

Last Sunday Justin Cole from Joy in Motion chose “Old Times Rock n Roll” as the song choice for our Mindful Littles Groovin’ for Good dance, and the lyrics couldn’t have be more appropriate.  The event definitely was one that “soothed the soul,” and there were tears, laughter and a lot of hugs from littles, bigs and seniors alike. Read more

Children. Compassion. Community.

At the core of every Mindful Littles event we do are three Cs – Children, Compassion and Community.  Earlier this week these three facets came together in an overwhelmingly positive experience, as we marched in our local hometown 4th of July parade with a community quilt made by the contributions of several families- most notably Ninon Shesgreen of Vagabond Ruth. Read more