A Heartful Body Scan: I love my ankles. I love my knees. I love my…

Mindful Littles is continuously striving to make mindfulness and heartfulness fun and creative for children.  To help energize our team with more creativity, a couple of us from Mindful Littles went to a YogaKids training last weekend. YogaKids is focused on empowering children to love and learn through yoga.  The training provided wonderful perspective of all the different ways people are striving for more consciousness and love in our world. Our training included folks like the Canadian founder of Growing Roots Therapy to the owner of a yoga studio in Lake Tahoe to teachers who are starting their own health and wellness academy in Fairfield and many more. 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

A New Birthday Tradition: 6 Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Turning 6

The inspiration behind our Weekly Kindness Project is from the touching story of a woman, Robyn Bomar, who spent her 38th birthday doing 38 random acts of kindness.  She spent her entire day doing these acts of kindness and is now inspiring people all over the world to make birthdays more about making the world a better place.

My older daughter turns six-years old this weekend, so we decided to follow Robyn’s lead, and start a new birthday tradition in our family. From now on for every birthday in our family, our hope is to do random acts of kindness in honor of the family member who is celebrating the big day.  Since my daughter is turning six, we are starting off with six random acts of kindness.  Instead of doing all of them on the actual birthday, like Robyn had, we decided instead to do the small acts the week leading up to the birthday. Read more

Becoming a Pen Pal

My older daughter organically started a pen pal relationship with her great-grandmother in Florida.   On a whim one day she said she wanted to send a letter to Grandma Lainie and wrote up a sweet and simple note to her grandma.  She addressed the envelope herself, put on the stamp and took it to our mailbox.  Our very first Weekly Kindness Project last fall was a heartfelt letter to her great-grandma, but it hadn’t quite evolved to a pen pal relationship.  This time around the letter was much simpler- no arts and crafts involved.  And when my almost 6-year old wrote the letter, she received a letter back.  My daughter was very excited to receive the return note.  After reading her great-grandmother’s response, my daughter immediately wanted to write something back.  And just like that a pen pal relationship was formed. 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

“Mistakes are groovy.”

I distinctly remember one morning last summer when my older daughter was working on an art project and made a mistake.  She paused for a moment and then on her own said, “It’s ok. Mistakes are groovy.”  While at home we do talk about how it’s okay to make mistakes and that we should use them as learning opportunities, I was taken aback by the specificity of her statement. Upon inquiring a bit more, I learned that “mistakes are groovy” is a catchphrase from Camp Galileo, an innovation summer camp for kids.  My daughter has now attended two summers in a row and absolutely loves it. The camp is focused on teaching children how to innovate by encouraging risk-taking, problem-solving and learning how to fail in a “self-assured way.” Read more