For some of you, this may be old news, but I wanted to post a little about the MBA Project and the great group of folks I work with in the San Francisco Bay Area:
The Mind Body Awareness Project’s core purpose is to awaken the intrinsic value of young people.
What if every young person was aware of their intrinsic value and dignity as a human being? What if they knew how to respond to life’s challenges with a calm, clear mind and an open heart? How different would our communities be? How different would our world be?
The Mind Body Awareness Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching essential life skills to at-risk youth through the practices of meditation and yoga. In juvenile halls, high schools, and group homes we meet teenagers whose habitual behaviors are leading them down a road to substance abuse, crime, and violence. Tragically, these young people are not being given any tools they can use to stop this dangerous and self-destructive momentum. The MBA Project was founded with the mission to teach youth life-saving skills they are not learning at school or in their homes. We teach them how to respond to violence with compassion, and how to reflect on a thought or emotion before taking action. Anchored in the values of compassion, integrity, and mutual respect we use time-honored practices from a variety of cultural backgrounds to help these youth reduce stress, manage anger, and avoid violence. There are no easy answers about how to address the challenges facing young people today, but we feel that the awareness practices we offer provide youth with invaluable resources.