A center for self-healing, and cultivation of well-being through an integrated practice of physical, spiritual, and community growth.
The MAYE Center
The MAYE Center (Meditation, Agriculture, Yoga, Education), located in Cambodia town, promotes self-healing in the community which paves the way for health promotion, mind, body and spirit. For the past 2 years, the MAYE Center, has been working with Cambodian health professionals to create a holistic integrated health system in Long Beach. The director, Laura Som, is herself a Khmer Rouge survivor who grew up in Long Beach.
The MAYE Center uses scientific supported elements such as Meditation, (urban) Agriculture (organic gardening), Yoga and Education to cultivate and improve people in the community’s mind, body and spirit, especially youth. The elements are rooted in self-discovery journey through mindful awareness of the self, ancestors, community and environment.
MEDITATION helps people, especially youths, nurture their mind and body and spirit. This starts the journey to get to know the self and willfully mold their own characters. Yoga is a gateway to discover the body and mind connection and improve physical health for mind and spirit wellness.
AGRICULTURE (Urban Gardening) connects the people with their environment and the scientific laws of oneness and connection with our environment. People, especially youth starts to develop perceptual knowledge of their academic learning and the natural cycle of life and self. From the garden they learn to honor their spirit, mind and body through conscious choices of what to grow according to the cycle of seasons, to eat organic healthy and locally grown produce, and gain self-empowerment through skills and knowledge to grow their own food and control their own health and well-being.
YOGA the unification of body, mind and spirit through the practice of conscious breathing and mindful exercise. Reduce stress and promote relaxation.
EDUCATION is rooted in perceptual knowledge of self, community and the universal laws and science. Many older Cambodians came from a country that lacked a real education system. The MAYE Center offers through its education classes offers both a platform for learning and a wide range of educational topics. Youth, born or raised here reach a point in life of self and scientific confirmation of what they are learning in school and start to develop perceptual knowledge through direct experience. The youth start to develop connection with their parents and ancestors as they learn of history and cultures and the overall generational gap is reduced. The youth develop and integrate their cultures (ancestors and theirs).
> This is the story of Laura Som,
a Khmer Rouge survivor and founder of the MAYE Center. Even with her traumatic memories, Laura is strong and shares her story, tools for healing, and encouraging spirit from her home country of Cambodia to the Long Beach community.
Trauma is what happens when we are placed in a situation where we feel helpless and disempowered. It affects each of us, whether we realize it or not. It doesn't have to be war or abuse; many people find it difficult to stay optimistic after a traumatic experience.
The purpose of the MAYE Center is to help those in our community cultivate self-healing, resiliency, and wellness through proven, culturally sensitive, and environmentally healthy means.
Our goal is to make tools and knowledge of self-healing available to our members in hopes of empowering the community. and show those who may be struggling that positive energy is just a MAYE Center away.
a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.
At the MAYE Center, we strongly encourage individual healing through time-old techniques of meditation, agriculture and gardening, yoga, and education. The synergy of all four elements of MAYE counteracts the effects of trauma by nurturing and promoting healing. Routine practice of the four elements plus learned skills to counteract trauma will both reduce or eliminate the harm inflicted and provide sustainable, positive, and healing routines for healthy living as a community.