Cornwall. The smell of cow pat and countryside. Rock pools and rain. Camping. Some of my first childhood memories are from holidays spent under canvas on the Cornish coast. My mother, brother and our elderly staffordshire bull terrier all squeezed into a small 2 man tent (my father chose not to spend his annual leave on such holidays!). Our tent was the old fashioned type with a metal pole on the inside at the head and the foot, which the poor person in the middle had distort themselves to avoid, aka me, and the separate fly sheet had to be carefully pegged down, and re-pegged several times a night, to avoid the inner sheet getting wet and subsequently all the tent’s contents. I have fond memories of those holidays, and the fact that I have been an avid fan of camping ever since shouts volumes for how much I clearly enjoyed those family holidays.
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 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
purchase Prozac What are meditation and mindfulness?
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.