It's so easy to get caught up in our busy lives, and kids today are no exception. Thinking about what's going on in class, getting homework done and managing their time further adds to the stress level of these young minds. Meditation helps to calm both kids and adults by teaching them that taking time out for themselves is just as important as taking care of their responsibilities at home or school.
At times we feel like we're too busy to pause. We need to teach our children how important it is to take time each day or hour - even if it's just a few minutes - to enter stillness and quiet our mind. To bring their attention inward, beyond the spinning thoughts that fill their heads.
Prayer and meditation are powerful tools to help you stay connected with your deepest heart desires. They give us a different perspective on life, so we don't see the turmoil swirling around us but can see it calmly flowing past us. When we calm ourselves with prayer or meditation, we gain access to our own strength and can endure anything--no matter how difficult life may be.
Encouraging your child to pray is an important way to open up communication and share time together. Prayer is a beautiful way to ask for support and guidance, and it can be done together. It is a powerful way to strengthen your bond with your child and create family bonds that will last a lifetime. When you pray together, you can ensure your child's faith will grow by watching you and listening to you talk about the things that matter most.
Best way to meditate with your child
1. Encourage sitting still and upright with back straight.
2. Either place both feet flat on the floor or cross your legs.
3. Place your hands on your lap.
4. Close your eyes lightly.
5. Focus on your normal breathing pattern for a minute or two as you relax your mind and body.
6. Maintain your stillness for the entire period of the meditation.
Many kids are naturally active and love being outdoors. A movement-based meditation, such as yoga, may serve as a good introduction for kids who have trouble sitting still for any length of time. Yoga is a great way to introduce movement meditation and mindfulness to kids. You can do it at home, or have a class in your local community.
Prayer and meditation is about connection. It improves our emotional and physical health, strengthens marriages and family relationships, promotes healthy decision-making in adolescents and children. We should teach our kids the importance of taking the time to be still and reflect on themselves and their life. Taking time out of every day for prayer and meditation can help refocus on what really matters in life.