Beverly White and Julie Brayton: Thousands of adults and children live on Southern California streets, and so did Kelsey.
She was cast out by her abusive Midwestern family.
“I been kicked out of my house since I was nine, on and off. This last time, my father was sexually abusing me,” said Kelsey, who is 17 years old.
Living on the streets in Los Angeles was so horrifying and dangerous, Kelsey sought shelter at Children Of The Night, where she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and introduced to Transcendental Meditation.
“When you take like twenty minutes sit down and do TM, and calm yourself and be peaceful…
I have always used mindfulness to become part of the moment of doing something and fully engaging. For instance, when drinking tea or coffee, fully become aware of all aspects of the preparation, pouring, and drinking without thinking of something else. Just be present, its a great exercise and then return to the breath when needed.