The mission of Matthew’s Mindful Moment is to change the life of a child by bringing meditation training to elementary schools. We believe that Mindfulness training will lead to happier, less stressful lives for children and teachers. We believe that the emotional and mental health of children is the foundation of a better future for our world.
In March 2016, our son Matthew died in a motor vehicle accident in Austin TX. Although our friends and family were very supportive, there is no magic answer to navigate such a loss. While dealing with our grief, we discovered a way to help ourselves; it was through the Practice of Mindfulness. And so, the Foundation Matthew’s Mindful Moment was born. The purpose of this Foundation is to preserve his memory and to assist children deal with the stresses if growing up in the 21st century.
Matthew attended Meadowbrook school for seven years and loved his experience. With the help of the headmaster and their associates we focused our energy on establishing a pilot program of Mindfulness in the Meadowbrook school.
This foundation has helped us in the journey of grieving of our son. The creation of Matthews Mindful Moment has been a healing experience for our family. You feel Matthew’s presence every day as we spread our message. Matthew would've embraced an organization that helps children. He enjoyed children and was a wonderful father to his son.
The Goals of our organization through meditation training is to address the broad spectrum of social and emotional learning. The program focuses on teaching strategies for helping students focus their attention; improve self-regulation; build resilience to stress and develop a positive mindset.
"There is noted" decrease in anxiety in students who practice mindfulness training. Through consistent practice of mindfulness, research shows a marked enhancement in student’s understanding of others and empathy of others. Recent information has shown marked improved ability for students who practice mindfulness in their ability to utilize resolution skills.
Matthew’s Mindful Moment wants to add our voice to the many organizations making a public statement to condemn racism and injustice to all minority groups. Our organization stands against bias of any sort. Any acts against people of color is counter to our mission of supporting a diverse community. Matthew’s Mindful Moment will continue to uphold our principles of social justice and providing dignity to all through our work. Matthew’s Mindful Moment is committed to teach respect and compassion to all people. Our organization is fostering a safe and welcoming community , in our’ in person ‘ and virtual programs, at our schools. The core of our program at Matthew’s Mindful Moment is to teach meditation and compassion training to the students and teachers. There is research that emphasizes that theses teachings can bring changes to move toward greater equality, inclusion and acceptance in our society. We believe our extensive work in schools and our online virtual meditations is a pathway to diversity and inclusion.
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