Vida! Children and Parents in Boyle Heights spend time in mindful meditation and healthy expression


Vida! Health & Wellness focused on the power of centering activities last month through activities focused on mindful meditation, creative expression, and relaxing storytime.   These types of emotionally expressive activities have a powerful calming effect on the human body.

In today’s technology-driven and fast-paced world, taking quiet time to yourself is very important and very healthy! Gasol Foundation was joined by the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles for a day of mindful meditation exploration and healthy expression.  The children in our program, aged 6-12 years old, meditated on moments of happiness, sadness, fear, and anger. They also meditated on their neighborhood surroundings, families, and larger communities.  They shared moments of personal and profound impact via artistic expression exercises and drawing. Parents spent time talking with each other about life’s daily stresses and then took part in structured moments of silent reflection and guided meditation – moments they were excited to bring home with them to continue practicing.