LTRP Note: Recently, we received the following letter from a concerned reader. At the time, we had nothing on our research site about Mind Yeti, but now Lois Putnam has written a great research piece on Mind Yeti (see below the letter to the editor).
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I read your blog article dated 11/15/17 about mindfulness meditation being promoted in schools, and I am curious if you have ever heard of Mind Yeti? It is a program being sold, and, I might add, bought as if it is the latest and greatest “tool” for schools to use to help their students focus. I am acutely aware of this because I work at a public elementary school in Oregon that has begun implementing it–by a teacher who purports to be a Christian no less! I did not like it the very first time I heard it being used, but could not put my finger on exactly why. Since then, I began doing more research and now realize it is out and out indoctrination! I am literally sickened by it! I plan to talk to the teacher promoting it to the rest of the staff, and to my principal as well. I doubt that my questioning of it will be well-received, but I know I must do what I can to stand in the gap on behalf of our students. I would appreciate your prayers and your help in giving me some talking points and anything else you think might be helpful to me as I address this in my own school. I would also like to ask you to sound the alarm to others about this very dangerous program and encourage people to ask specifically if it is being used in their neighborhood schools.
“Mind Yeti: The Committee for Children’s Mesmerizing Mindfulness Program”
By Lois Putnam
Have you heard of Mind Yeti, CFC’s mindfulness program with its Yeti cartoon-like character who will help clear hubbubbles from kids and their adults’ minds with its daily meditation practices both in the classroom and at home? Touting its exciting possibilities in an almost half-hour webinar “Get Your Mind Ready with Mind Yeti for Schools” introduces a third grade classroom video where kids “take a moment to find their yeti bodies.” Its teacher too, along side of her pupils, leads the meditation. And its students testify how great Mind Yeti is! http://www.secondstep.org/webinars/mind-yeti-for-schools
Just who is Yeti? Yeti is an ice-blue colored Sesame Street-like character that will help teach kids mindfulness. And what is a yeti? Well, a yeti is an ape-like creature said to reside in the Himalayan mountains. Yes, the Mind Yeti creators have very cleverly used the yeti which some Buddhists worship, and whose costumes Buddhist monks use for religious ceremonies to lure youngsters into mindfulness meditation. http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/01/the-yeti-whats-in-a-name/
In its webinar, CFC collaborators comment, while they haven’t yet revealed Yeti’s “back story,” some children are sending in their own ideas. However, the back story is that its origin is connected to Buddhism. Even the YETI company with its drinkware carries a “Sherpa Cooler” named after Tibetan Buddhists who worship the Himalayan peaks and who guide tourists on mountain treks. Click here to continue reading.
Click here to see booklets that Lois Putnam has written about protecting our children.