It’s a Junga World Out There

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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.

 

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  1. This is something I can get behind. The artwork is just the type that tweens and teens like and the message is needed all the time, sadly.

  2. Kickstarter has been such an amazing platform for new ideas and this is a really neat one. Def checking it out!

  3. I have seen some really amazing projects take flight via Kickstarter!

  4. Wow, what a great concept. I love that kids are involved too…. I think I need to focus on finding my Junga too!

  5. Ha – I love that video! Bullying is on my mind lately as my daughter with special needs is starting middle school in September – and most of her current, accepting, inclusive classmates won’t be entering this school. Great stuff.

  6. WOW! I love this idea and sharing it :) Thank you for making others aware of this fantastic concept.

  7. What a fabulous idea! I love using technology to help kids “be kind to themselves, and to think of others”. I’ve been trying to find ways to help my oldest (5 yo) think beyond himself and at times that’s a very difficult concept for him to grasp just yet. Everyone needs to find their Junga :)

  8. What a great project – hope their Kickstarter is a great success. I love that people are able to contribute directly to projects that interest them.

  9. What a great Project sounds like kids can really benefit from this app. I wish them all the lucky with the kick starter.

  10. love this concept!!! Both my kids have started yoga and it REALLY helps them keep calm when they are in situations they find tough (like not getting what they want!) they take their yoga breaths and find their calming jars!

  11. Your comments made me cry! We need YOU and all the moms out there to support this project now and bring it to life! http://bit.ly/JungaWorld

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