March 23: CommuniTEA!
CommuniTEA is our weekly virtual program where students (2nd to 8th grade) and mentors meet to share feelings, write and create together. Enjoy our CommuniTEA update below:
I know I can count on BFI to provide the format. Fingers on the pulse again, the folks who bring us CommuniTEA every Tuesday didn’t let anyone down. There’s nothing nice to say about racially-motivated hate crimes. The only good thing to say is that it makes you sad, and you need to tell someone about how you feel. There was a lot of that in our session last Tuesday. The time students spent putting sadness and confusion into words was time well-spent. Visualize, write about, draw a picture - nobody was afraid to start the healing process.
Students that wanted to talk more about the events of the past week went into a breakout room. We spent time connecting and talking in depth about our feelings surrounding this issue, as well as sharing things we do to make us feel less afraid in hard times. It was a brave space providing much-needed conversation on a very important topic.
Those that stayed in the main meeting participated in a relaxing Tea Meditation from the Idea Book. In this creative activity, students became relaxed and calm by taking deep breaths, smelling their tea and tasting it. This exercise is wonderful for taking time to be present and enjoy some tea, especially on tough days. You can do it from the picture above or from your own Idea Book, if you have one.
Speaking of tea...
This week's tea recommendation: Trader Joe's Spiced Chai Tea!
Until next time!
Edited and Posted by Leone, Fearless Ideas Student Mentor
CommuniTEA summary by AL (long time Fearless Ideas Volunteer) and Leone