March Meeting Notes

The March members meeting notes are now available in the Member’s Area! Please note that in order to gain access to the Members Area, you must regularly attend YIS Member meetings.

Some of the highlights from the March meeting include:

  • Multiple new project proposals from local community advocates.
  • Update on current projects.
  • Fundraising events and new ideas.
  • Mind jar kit distribution.

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The Creation, Use, and Keeping of Your Mind Jar

Congratulations on your decision to make a mind jar! The mind jar is a tool for meditation. With a prepared and shaken mind jar your eyes can watch the glitter settle as you feel and watch your mind settle. It is a wonderful visual “mantra” or “mind tool” that can help you be in the moment, in your breath, and still the mind.

Step 1: Get supplies

  • Mason jar, bottle, a plastic water bottle
  • Funnel or 3 X 5 card taped into the shape of a funnel
  • Glitter glue or glitter + glue
  • Chunky glitter
  • Fine glitter
  • Food coloring (optional but worth it!)
  • Ribbon, stickers, foam letters, etc…
  • Sharpie (black)

Step 2: Build your mind jar

  • Fill your jar ½ full with water
  • Add glitter glue, glitter, and food coloring
  • Fill your jar to the top with more water
  • Secure top (you may want to put glue on side of lid before you secure it)

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Step 3: Decorate your mind jar

  • Decorate the lid with your name, a ribbon, stickers, etc..
  • Use a sharpie to add an actual mantra, or verbal mind tool.
    • Stillness
    • Peace
    • Breath settles the mind
    • I can be still
    • I am present and breathing

Step 4: Use your mind jar

  • Pick up your securely sealed mind jar
  • Shake your mind jar
  • Set you mind jar on table or 2 feet in front of you if seated on the floor
  • Begin to breathe and settle your mind, watching the glitter settle
  • You may want to add your verbal mantra, slowly repeating it to yourself as you breath.
  • It is recommended that you use your mind jar 3 to 7 days a week for positive effects (increased peace of mind, self-regulation, and relaxation)

Step 5: Store your mind jar

  • Store you mind jar in a safe place, standing upright to avoid leaks
  • Keep it in view so you are reminded to use it and of your capacity for stillness

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Article written by Catherine Cook-Cottone