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About

Our Purpose
Our Process
Our Benefits
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We guide young people how to pay attention to the "here and now" with kindness and curiosity. When they are able to actively notice, allow and accept their full unfolding experience, 
they can naturally ease into a position to respond from their own wisdom. As a result, more mindfully chosen words and actions replace reactive ones, even those that may be automatic, habitual or destructive.

Simple, yet not easy. 
But mindfulness ​practice strengthens these abilities and even weakens established coping
mechanisms--
rewiring the brain.  

Throughout the process, we teach by drawing from our own practice and through
the use of 
movement, discussion, 
​games, activities,
poems, equations,
stories and tools like
bubbles and flashlights.

    
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Bubbles & Flashlights defines "shine" as one's power to tap into, harness and radiate his or her wisdom within and out into the world. 

A child may lack awareness of his or her own shine, or perceive a disconnect or block. Parents, teachers and caregivers may see the potential shine in a young person, and may be tempted to try to coax it out of them through persuasion, nagging, lecturing, yelling, modeling or reasoning.

Our purpose is to provide youth with skills to understand their own minds,
self-regulate and develop capacities specific for growth like resilience, openness, curiosity, empathy, meta-cognition and the ability
to focus. 
    
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Increased shine power. Our work complements 25 years of in-depth research that shows mindfulness increases attention and focus; reduces stress, anxiety and depression; and increases well-being.

Specifically, children and teens experience:​

  • Increased executive function (working memory, planning, organization and impulse control)
  • Decreased ADHD behaviors
  • Fewer conduct and anger management problems
  • Increased emotional         regulation and self-calming
  • Increased social skills, social compliance and care for others
  • Decreased negative affect
  • Increased sense of calmness, relaxation and self-acceptance
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased quality of sleep​