All Things Grow with Understanding” is the message behind one of the remarkable and colorful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995.

Mindfulness is about being in the present moment instead of being lost in unhelpful and unnecessary thoughts like ruminating on the past, future, or negative judgments. This practice teaches us how to meet our moment to moment experience with acceptance and kindness, plus helps us reduce stress and meet ourselves, others, and life with greater compassion and understanding; ultimately helping us grow as individuals and move forward in our lives.

Click here to learn more about the unique mindfulness training provided to Larkin Street’s client through a partnership with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

pictured, Peter Carpou, founder of the Larkin Street Arts Program & former Liaison for Arts and Cultural Development