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Mindfulness Matters: 5 Questions With Francine Steadman Krulak

“Every obstacle is an opportunity for a new path.” – Francine Steadman Krulak

 

BuddaBooth

 

In 2015, Francine Steadman Krulak had an idea. Inspired and determined to seize her opportunity to create a tool to contribute to the world of wellness, she founded BuddhaBooth.

 

BuddhaBooth is far more than furniture. These portable mindfulness spaces provide children and adults a place to escape from stressors, practice breathing, and just be.

 

More and more educational programs are looking to mindfulness as a key component of curriculum as well as children’s health. Find out what youth and educators can gain from a mindfulness practice—read our interview with Francine below.

 

BuddhaBooth

 

Hi, Francine. Can you tell us a little about how you got your start in your field?

I started working in health and wellness as a Reiki practitioner and facilitator of healing art programs for survivors of domestic violence.

I’ve always felt connected to the wellness world. In the creation of BuddhaBooth—although it’s technically furniture—I above all sought to create a wellness company.

 

What was one defining moment in your BuddhaBooth journey? What did you learn from it?

When I launched my business, I was astounded at the extent of positive feedback I received from people (and press). They really loved the idea, which confirmed for me that there’s a need for it in so many environments—from schools and hospitals to festivals and even airports.

Johnson & Johnson was my first full-price client. When I started working with them, I knew I was onto something and on the right path.

 

 

 

Why is it important for youth to practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness for adolescents is key. Adolescence—especially middle school—is the time when emotional experiences are most impactful. It’s also one of the toughest times. So, learning the skills and tools needed to manage stress is really important.

BuddhaBooth gives kids a quiet, safe space to alleviate stress, practice breathing, and just be. And learning how to do this—to just be—helps them learn how to manage the harder experiences, things like having too much homework and being bullied.

 

What can educators learn from a mindfulness practice?

Faculty and staff who practice mindfulness and meditation report so many benefits—less stress, less worry, better experiences in classrooms.

A mindfulness practice allows educators to practice something for themselves that alleviates stress. And, it teaches them how to guide children in mindfulness by giving their students the tools to be less reactionary. To say things like, “Let’s take a minute to breathe and think about this.”

Resilience goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness, and kids need to learn how to be resilient. We all have to learn how to accept setbacks and bounce back from failure in order to make our dreams come true.

 

If you could give the teenage version of yourself some advice, what would it be?

Take every opportunity to learn something new, and stick to it. When something is hard, don’t ditch it for the easy way out.

Don’t be distracted by the glitter of opportunity without listening to your heart—things aren’t always what they seem.

Know when to say “No,” and don’t be afraid to end a relationship that is not in your best interest.