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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Dignity of Children, we hold the health and safety of all in the highest regard. With that said, we are now transitioning all of our programming to an online platform while the world navigates through the current COVID-19 pandemic.
While kids are at home, we remind parents that it is important to keep your children stimulated on an emotional, physical and cognitive basis. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be posting mindful activities on our social media pages to help kids continue to learn while also being able to express their feelings. Remember to create a daily routine for your children that will help them remain excited and engaged!
Additionally, we want to encourage educators and afterschool staff members to take advantage of our online programs for professional development. For questions about DOC programming, call us at (646) 639-7711.
Please remember to take care of yourselves, wash your hands, be safe and stay healthy!