March 2018 Highlights

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.  

 

 

 

 

Some Fun Alternatives to Yelling

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

Open Hearts Workshop: Where Compassion Meets Creativity

Mindful Littles is excited to launch a partnership with the Orinda Library to offer our Open Hearts workshop series, inviting local families to take part in a forum where we can explore creative ways to learn and practice compassion.

In this free workshop, families will get to:

  • Do a book reading on compassion
  • Work on a creative project together based on the reading
  • Practice fun mindfulness and compassion activities

There will be several opportunities for littles and bigs to learn some practices that can be useful resources to take home. You will also have the chance to work with some other littles and bigs from the community.

Participants will leave with the warm fuzzies and more open hearts.

Register for the Free Workshop here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-hearts-workshop-where-compassion-meets-creativity-tickets-41256730993

 

 

 

 

“One Line a Day” of Gratitude to Kick Off the New Year

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

Giving $10.76 from “My Very Own Give Jar”

Like last year we are making #GivingTuesday a family affair by not only donating clothes, toys, books, and household items, but by also donating to four charities in honor of each family member. This year our family took our annual tradition a step further and decided to not only talk about the charities, but also empowered our 6-year old to give money from her very own Give Jar.   Read more

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

The “Wonder” in Each of Us

The Universe works in “wondrous” ways to speak to us. About two weeks ago at a friend’s baby shower I learned about an inspiring principal, who is teaching her students compassion at a local elementary school.  The principal is personally reading and discussing the beautiful book “We’re All Wonders” to every single classroom on her campus. The book is a kid-friendly version of R.J. Palacio’s best-seller “Wonder,” which is a heartwarming story about a young boy, Auggie, with facial deformities who is bullied at school, but later realizes that he is a wonder and that each of us are wonders in our own way.  What I love about the principal’s efforts in reading this book is that she is not only engaging all kids in an important discussion on diversity, inclusion and kindness, but by leading this effort for every classroom, she sets a positive tone for her entire school to follow. Read more

Toss the Gratitude Emoji Ball

Yesterday I had the opportunity to teach mindfulness to about sixty students at a local private school. The students ranged from the 5th through the 8th grade. We focused on the theme of gratitude. To kick us off, we played a Mindful Littles version of the popular ice-breaker game, Toss the Beach Ball.  The idea is that whoever catches the ball has to answer a question on the ball and then tosses the ball to another person.  For our version, I wrote down four gratitude questions on a Silly Face emoji beach ball l got from a friend.  Read more