We have just completed a wonderful year-long project, funded by the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. This project, called the Mindful Awareness Mentoring Initiative (MAMI), mentored professionals who work in infant, child and maternal mental health programs. Our focus was to teach a select group of mentees mindful awareness and self-compassion skills, first for their own practice, and then to share with their colleagues and directly with the young families they serve. The focus on mentoring proved to be productive and empowering.
Part of the Jewish New Year’s tradition invites us to eat apples dipped in honey in hopes of a sweet new year. It is a time of reflection, both reviewing the past year, and looking forward to aspirations for the coming year. We reflect gratefully on the contributions of our CMA partners which have been instrumental in moving the CMA’s work forward. How can you bring more sweetness into your life with the “I spy gratitude” practice?
We are thrilled to be equipping the staff of various city agencies this year with mindfulness tools that lower their stress levels and help them maintain focus and calm in challenging situations. The Baltimore Station Executive Director commented, “I was struck by the openness and increased introspection among the staff. With SHINE, we created a space … so that regardless of staff position, they all began to relate positively to one another.”