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 >
We were honored to have had the opportunity to connect with two Lamorinda Activists this week, after hearing them speak at the Orinda Peaceful Protest. Ava and Kaylyn provided great insights on their personal experiences with racism, and suggestions on what we can all do next to keep “fighting the good fight” towards racial justice. Read more >
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 >
Kindness is at the core of everything we do at Mindful Littles. By practicing kindness to oneself, we in turn are able to spread kindness in the world. Even the smallest acts of kindness have a ripple effect into the world, and can have such a great impact for both the giver and the receiver.
For many of us, the “Shelter-in-Place” orders have created highs and lows and everything in between. As we continue making daily choices on how to cope with and survive this new reality, cultivating a positive perspective can have a great impact on our physical and mental well-being.
While it feels as though there is very little that we can control in our lives right now, we can choose to respond with peace for ourselves and for the world around us. When faced with life’s stressors, it takes courage to not react, but to respond with peace.
We’ve all had the experience of looking down at our feet only to realize we are wearing two different socks. Lately our emotions can feel the same way — mixed up. This week we have some practices to help us take a time-in and return to a more centered place in our minds and bodies.
Learning from our children that a perspective of lightheartedness and laughter may be one of the best ways to manage the challenges we all face. This week, Travis shares what he’s learned from his middle school daughter Gaby in these trying times.