Meditating with younger children can be difficult. Their concentration span may be short, you might try doing it in the evenings when they’re tired anyway, or there may be other little ones running around that makes ‘quiet time’ hard to come by. Following on from meditating with my 11 year old, my 8 year old asked if she could give it a go too.
Meditation, like much of life’s obscure practices seems to bestow gifts of “enlightenment” and “oneness” to a chosen few dedicated practitioners of this esoteric skill. Like most things in life, practice makes perfect but unfortunately if we get little or no benefit from something we usually have a tendency to drop it in favour of something else that gives us a greater sense of satisfaction or fulfilment.
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” Thich Nhat Hanh
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Meditation, in its basic sense, is a way of releasing our minds and ‘decluttering’ our brains from day-to-day thoughts. It can help us filter out seemingly important sensory inputs and focus on our more spiritual beings. Meditation has been practiced in a variety of different forms for thousands of years. Meditation is referenced in the Hindu Vedas, some of which were written before 1000 BCE.
My son and I try to meditate most evenings. Inevitably there are times when tiredness or a crazy household intervenes, but it is becoming more part of our regular routine. We started at the beginning of the year, with only a couple of minutes and have slowly increased to ten minute sessions.
There were a few giggles to start with, and the occasional episode of him falling asleep (and sometimes me too!), but the overall consensus is that it has been a very positive exercise and one that we will continue.