One of my goals for this year has been to live more mindfully and more purposefully. Life has been frantic for the past few years, so I wanted to make a more concerted effort to stop and breathe every once in a while. Actually, I needed to do it for the sake of my sanity.
Sometimes I wish my kids would practice this more as well. These are difficult concepts to teach a kid. Sometimes they are even difficult to teach an adult!
Junga World is an edgy new children’s media project developed by a team of artists and animators who want to teach mindfulness to kids. It is a digital comic and animated series for kids ages 5-12 with an app on the way. It is based on six teenagers who learn to practice self-kindness, mindfulness, and a sense of shared experiences with others. Each of these friends (and bandmates) have different challenges, yet they are all on a quest to find their Junga, the passion and purpose that fulfills them. Will the musicians succeed in their efforts to discover their inner rockstars?
The lessons from Junga World, based on curriculum devised by UCLA professor Diana Winston, are designed to teach children the various tools to help them face the pressures and challenges of growing up.
With catchy, upbeat songs, lively stories and lovable characters, viewers get to watch and absorb the lessons in the episode, which have been carefully designed to speak to kids in their language. They will learn about paying attention to life experiences, to recognizing and eliminating negative thoughts, to be kind to themselves, and to think of others. What parent would not want their children to learn those lessons?
Right now Junga World is a project on Kickstarter, and they are hoping to raise the funds to produce additional video clips, music videos, and hopefully a web series. You can watch the exclusive sneak peak trailer and find out more about the project here. Their powerful premiere song, Power Within Me, is available now on iTunes.
After hearing this week about two children who are suffering from unbearable bullying, it does not go unnoticed that regardless of age we could all use a little more mindfulness. If you can help the Junga World project in any way, please consider doing so.
What have you got for us on this Thoughtful Thursday?