Monday, September 3, 2007

Five Organizations Taking a Stand for Mindful Family Living

There are several organizations we recently came across that are playing an impressive game in the name of consciousness building, in the lives of our kids and families. Check these out and more importantly support them if you can, with you voice (spread the word), your actions (volunteer, get involved), and your dollars (donate, sign up, purchase).

Spirituality for Kids:

An organization that develops spirituality centered curriculum for kids. The program educates kids from the inside out; helping them foster a deeper sense of spiritual self awareness, while fostering learning on giving back to the world. The company is global already with operations and efforts spanning several continents. These guys are getting it right. Thank you for for helping families create extraordinary consciousness centered kids.

Kinder Associates:

These guys get it right, by spreading great ideas across existent foundations. They develop mindful living programs for different settings. Most notably they founded Wellness Works: Being and Doing Our Best Program that is designed to motivate, educate and support students, teachers and families in developing mental, emotional, physical and social competencies to handle life’s challenges in school, home and community. The programs are influenced by the highly regarded Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program, developed at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

KidCare Clubs:

Started in 1990, this organization has been mobilizing elementary and middle school kids to give back to their communities through organized monthly charitable activities. The organization also publishes a quarterly magazine, “Young Hero's” that recognizes youth making a difference in the world. Thank you for making lessons and practice in giving back so easy.

Child Spirit Institute:

A non profit organization dedicated to understanding and nurturing the spirituality of children. “CSI” is a network of families, researchers, teachers and health care providers, community and religious leaders and scholars. They do research, training and consulting in the field, as well as operate an annual conference “American Conference of Spirituality in Children and Youth” (Nov.7-11, in Chattanooga, TN). Thank you for furthering our understanding on the vastness and power of the spirituality of our youth.

Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Education Program:

This organization develops and teaches curriculum on the subject of mindfulness in childbirth and parenting. They also offer training to medical health professionals, as well as educators, and alternative health practitioners. The programs are modeled on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program founded by Jon-Kabatt Zinn for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The programs are currently offered only in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you for creating a structure that educates the whole family on what it means to be mindful.

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