During the course of its second year, the mothers of Mindfulness 4 Mamas were faced with the same challenges of operating a gathering-based community in the midst of a pandemic that has restricted in-person gatherings. Fortunately, due to an infusion of funds from Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES), we were able to create a website, a weekly eNewsletter (Mindful Musings) and host zoom gatherings to facilitate connections - one of the 3 central tenets of M4M. Initially, M4M offered 3 different weekly opportunities to meet over zoom (Mindful Mondays with Amy Disanto, Community Conversations with various speakers, and Playdate Cafe). Overtime that proved to be an unsustainable amount of programming. The leadership, composed of founders Meredith Adams, Haley Deming and Kirsten Farney as well as the Alma Mamas, decided to return to once a month community conversations and postpone Playdate Cafes until we can safely host in-person kid friendly gatherings at Jackson Hole Children's Museum.
The topics discussed during our Community Conversations range from the discreet challenges facing mothers on a daily basis at home like keeping a family organized to the more global issues that call us to action such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The M4M community appreciates the variety of conversations offered and points out that they reflect the myriad challenges facing mothers in our contemporary age. M4M understands the pressures facing modern moms and believes that having an opportunity to open up and share personal experiences relating to these issues helps women prioritize their unique values and find a community of women who will support them on their journey to a more mindful life.
Mindful Musings is our weekly newsletter curated to cultivate curiosity, opportunities for connection and compassionate self-care and service. This continues to be one way of staying connected and demonstrating a form of tender loving care for our community members. Besides providing community updates regarding our offerings, we assemble content in the form of songs/playlists, articles, family activities, meditations, prayers, recipes, podcasts, mantras, videos and news from community partners.