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Meet Arjuna O’Neal of Share Necessities

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arjuna O’Neal.

Arjuna was born and raised on the east side of Detroit, Michigan with two siblings and just his mother to care for them. His surroundings were governed by violence, drugs and gangs, which negatively influenced his perspective on life. At the age of 19, he was shot in his femoral artery, leaving him with the experience of death first-hand. After being paralyzed from the waist down for a year, he went into depression from his endless self blame and shame. But he was always reminded by his supportive mother that life could still change for the better but only if he changed his story. Moving forward -he spent the next 10 years working on how to develop a genuine self-love relationship and approach to the trauma.

Arjuna now holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a deep passion for spreading awareness about conscious parenting and the urgency for conscious youth development. In addition to raising his own children, Arjuna runs his nonprofit that focuses on empowering today’s youth to understand the importance of leading a balanced, loving and mindful lifestyle. His latest achievement is his new business called Mind Elevation, which focuses on helping people rewrite the traumas and painful experiences in life that keep them stuck for living in their full potential and highest vibration.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s no such thing as a smooth road on the journey of life, nor do I desire it to be. I experience struggles and obstacles in all aspects of my life but I understand why, which is spiritually written. On an external level, the strong urges to become materially successful in today’s society has unleashed our nations historical pain and suffering in its truest form. I’m always being reminded of the segregation and racism that is being promoted in various forms. However, I’m also reminded of my conversation with God and that the heart knows none of these men made created realities.

I struggle most with accepting that people will not always choose to live from their heart-center regardless how much awareness and truth is being presented. I’m learning to accept that change isn’t for everyone and that I can’t see the light if I don’t embrace the dark. I find these experiences most challenging because I have such a huge heart and I’m very empathetic.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Share Necessities – what should we know?
Share Necessities is a nonprofit organization based out of Los Angeles, CA. the nation’s second LARGEST homeless population and growing. Share Necessitites’ Preventative Approach: Share Necessities, a non-profit organization, specializing in developing and strengthening emotional intelligence, critical-thinking, resilience and social responsibility. Offering the tools to build self-worth, self-acceptance, and self-awareness. Our motto: Bringing inner peace to the streets. Share Necessities uses mindfulness, meditation and yoga to address and overcome daily challenges through our I Make It Count (IMIC) – Mindfulness program. We work with inner-city schools, underprivileged at-risk youth and young adults.

We believe cultivating change starts from the inside out: A healthy body and mind leads to a more positive life, building a stronger commUNITY. Through mindfulness practices, meditation and yoga, we help improve the internal and external strength and well-being of participants. Emotional intelligence and resiliency are taught through our mindfulness training’s and workshops. We also help promote empowerment and connection to the community by engaging the youth in empowering social and civic responsibilities, such as volunteer experiences.

Our first facility – NLCC: The Next Level CommUNITY Center, as part of the non-profit Share Necessities, is a safe space for community members, primarily youth and teens, to find refuge and engage in personal self-care practices. –Workshops and the “I Make It Count!” (IMIC) Mindful Leadership program support community participants in identifying and coping with the hardships in the inner city. Centrally located between (4) schools, educating youth ages 12-18 years old, the Next Level CommUNITY Center will serve as a hub for unity, vitality, and peace in South Los Angeles.

Programs at the Next Level CommUNITY Center are offered throughout the day, with after school and summer break hours dedicated to support youth and teens. Our six-week IMIC workshop series, for middle and high school students, is centered on teaching personal development and life skills through holistic practices, such as: mindfulness tools, meditation, yoga, and cognitive-behavioral activities. By increasing self-awareness, problem solving skills, and developing unity, the youth will experience “real-time” results through consistent engagement.

This is why SHARE Necessities was created!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Allowing myself to experience my emotions, feelings and life from a non-judgmental head and heart space in the present moment. And to never stop breathing through the process! This is a space where I can truly maximize my potential and honor my heart’s desires.

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