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

“…and rife is good.”

Earlier this week my girls and I played a short game called “life is good” that I discovered in Susan Kaiser Greenland’s book,  Mindful Games.   The game is played by sitting in a circle with a ball.  Each person names one thing that is bothering them then adds “…and life is good” before rolling the ball to another person in the circle.   As we played the game, we highlighted small things that bothered us during the day.  I mentioned things like  “a messy house” or “feeling cranky because I was tired.”  My older daughter’s list included the fact that “she doesn’t love the bees in the backyard.”  My 2-year old also chimed in with:

“I ruv my friends, but sometimes I don’t ruv my friends, but I ruv my friends…and rife is good.”  Read more

“May you be happy. May you be strong. May you be peaceful. May you be loved.”  

My daughter’s amazing kindergarten teacher seamlessly integrated mindfulness into their everyday curriculum, and had a wonderful ritual to start each day.  Every morning the class would sit together and first take an anchor breath together and then several “in-out” breaths.  Once the class centered a bit, she would ask each student to pair up with another child, and facing each other, they would take turns sending kind thoughts to one another and then to themselves:  May you be happy. May you be strong. May you be peaceful. May you be loved.”    Read more