What is behind the name JabuMind?

JabuMind co-founder Jill Apperson Manly taught elementary children in Eswatini, Africa (formerly Swaziland). Inspired by the rich culture and fueled by her passion for social-emotional learning, Jill wrote the children’s book Nothando’s Journey, which has been used in SEL curricula around the globe. A character in the book is named Jabulani, meaning Rejoice Together. Hence, JabuMind was born and named for a “happy mind.”

What does the elephant signify as the icon/logo of JabuMind?

Who doesn’t love an elephant? Our whole team here at JabuMind has an affinity for them and had the elephant at the top of our mascot list. As we researched our chosen company name to ensure that it could be made truly ours (in terms of licensing, etc.) we came upon a famous elephant named “Jabu.” The parallels between teachers and this wise animal were what made our final decision:

Elephants are revered worldwide for their intelligent, strong, loyal, intuitive natures. They care deeply about those they are in a relationship with, and carefully nurture and teach their young into adulthood. They lead in a way that is both gentle and supportive and are fierce when protecting others.

If you insert the word “Teachers” for the word “Elephants” in the description above, you’ll have your answer to “Why the elephant?”

Is the app for mindfulness or meditation? What’s the difference?

The terms mindfulness and meditation are often used interchangeably. However, the subtle difference is meditation is typically used for a stationary practice, whereas mindfulness is an overall term for various practices and the act of being mindful. Meditation is one way to practice mindfulness, but there are also other ways to practice it when you are not sitting in meditation (taking deep breaths, focusing your attention on the present moment, tuning in to your emotions, eating mindfully, etc.). The JabuMind app is used for both, and is dependent on the users’ comfort and need. Read more about the overall benefits of mindfulness for teachers here.

What is the method used in the app?

iRest® is a simple and accessible method of meditation designed for modern-day living. Based on the ancient teachings of Yoga Nidra, but presented in a form made accessible for modern-day living, iRest® is designed to bring the healing benefits of yogic and meditative practices to a wide variety of people.

Is mindfulness religious? Does it conflict with my own religious/spiritual beliefs?

While the practice of mindfulness and meditation is part of many religions and is well-known in ancient spiritual practices, there is nothing about the practice itself that is religious or anti-religious. The JabuMind app focuses on the secular (non-religious) practice of mindfulness and meditation.

I don’t feel like I’m good at mindfulness or meditation. I feel awkward or uncomfortable, but I’m interested in it – what should I do?

Mindfulness and meditation are referred to as a “practice” because we are all always practicing. Start with where you are comfortable—a minute or two focusing on breathing or a guided meditation to help you fall asleep. There are many options on the JabuMind App for short guided visualization, breathing techniques, or even music.