ABOUT OUR MOVEMENT
Why Mindfulness Matters
As our world continues to suffer from man-made systemic struggles like poverty, inequality, racism, violence, isolation, and ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences, the need for increased access mindfulness skills becomes even more profound. Scientific studies, experts like Ellen Langer, as well as our own professional experiences, demonstrate that when we address the issues that stem from our most basic instincts - fear and stress, the pervasive problems we see in humans are impacted for the better.
1 in 5
children have a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder*
of those children never receivE specialized mental health care*
*As reported by the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What we learn and how we learn it is paramount - it shapes our world.
Invest in a more hopeful and compassionate tomorrow.
Our mission is to offer scientifically-informed programs based in Mindful Awareness and Social-Emotional Learning which provide children and adults with tools to manage stress and navigate life’s challenges.
We believe that school should:
Prepare us for all aspects of life
Create a foundation in self-understanding
From bullying, to violence, to isolation, all of the problems we see in schools and society today, exhibit a lack of self-regulation and self-understanding. We believe that all people have innate compassion, the capacity to self regulate, and the ability to build kind, resilient communities. Imagine an education system where all children are taught how to manage their body and mind FIRST, before anything else. MBSEL, Mindfulness Based Social and Emotional Learning is that missing piece in education. To learn more about how MBSEL addresses chronic stress in schools, download a PDF of our presentation at the Arizona Health Equity Conference.
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When co-founder Sunny Wight experienced severe stress-induced illnesses in 2009, she utilized mindfulness, the “user manual” for the body to both recover and transform her life.
"When I became sick, there were times when I couldn’t get out of bed; standing and walking were difficult. In those moments I thought I might be dying. I could have allowed my sickness to progress further but in the silence of my sick-bed, I managed to listen to my heart.” - Huffington Post
She didn’t understand why these fundamental life-skills and critical components of child development were absent from school curriculums. Four years later, in partnership with her friend Kimberly Narde, she established Mindfulness First to bring mindful awareness and social-emotional learning to as many schools as possible.
We are a worker self-directed non-profit with a sociocratic structure, which means that our culture values all voices.
Here’s What Some of Our Clients Have to Say About Us
“We were fortunate to have Sunny and her team join our staff retreat session to share the healthy benefits of mindfulness with us! It was an informative experience, fun, and the perfect way to start our strategic planning meeting! Getting to our center and focusing on the present helped make our day even more productive.”
-TERRI WOGAN CALDERON, SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS, EXEC. DIRECTOR
“The Vitalyst Health Foundation hired Mindfulness First to conduct an in-house training for our staff, and we found it to be a very helpful and rewarding experience. The instructor was both professional and engaging, and it was of real benefit to the staff who participated. I heartily recommend them.”
- SUZANNE PFISTER, PRESIDENT & CEO, VITALYST HEALTH FOUNDATION
“The learning I received through Mindfulness First taught me about the brain and the way I think about student behavior. It taught me how to recognize when I need my own mindful minute as well as be able to offer that as a solution for my students. I owe many thanks to Sunny and the staff of Mindfulness First.”
- MEREDITH HILL, ROOSEVELT SCHOOL DISTRICT, ART TEACHER