If you meditate, then you’ll already know the incredible benefits it can have on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being.
If you don’t, then I bet at some point you’ve thought;
“I’d love to meditate, but I don’t know how!”
Let me strip back some misguided beliefs surrounding meditation and give you 5 reasons to start meditating today with your kids.
“I can’t sit still for long enough”
Good news, you don’t have to! And you don’t have to sit with your legs crossed like a pretzel either. You can sit in a chair, move, change positions, scratch, stretch or even do a walking mindful meditation.
“I don’t have time”
Pffttt. You don’t need to meditate for 7hrs in solitude to get the benefits. Some say 20mins a day is ideal, but anything is better than nothing, even if it’s just a quick 5mins to centre yourself and still your mind.
“I can’t stop my mind from wandering”
Find a point of focus. It can be your breathing, focusing on counting the breath in and then out. It can be a mantra repeated over and over, or you could watch the flame of a candle or listen to peaceful music. Whatever you find easiest, and if thoughts come in to your head, draw your attention back to your point of focus. It gets easier each time.
“But I’m not religious or spiritual”
That’s totally fine, because meditation does not discriminate! You don’t need a religious or spiritual belief system to receive the benefits from meditation.
5 Reasons to Start Meditating
1: Calm the mind
Having a point of focus in your meditation will stop your mind wandering. And giving your mind a rare moment to be still also stops you from overthinking the past and worrying about the future. Studies have also shown meditation for kids can help with attention span and behaviour, anxiety and depression.
2: Still the body
Meditation stills your body and calms your nervous system. It also helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure, decreases stress hormones, slows down your breathing, and allows your body to relax in to stillness. This is GREAT for kids at bedtime, (don’t fret, I’ve covered this in number 3..)
3: Sleep better
Oh sweet sleep. If your kids struggle to fall asleep at night because they just can’t shut down their minds or can’t keep still, then guess what??? yep, meditation will really help here. Knowing how to still both your mind and body long enough to welcome sweet sleep is a wonderful tool for kids and adults too. Our kids use meditation stories every night to fall asleep to, you can read about it here. We use Youtube and listen to Cory’s Conscious Living and Elaine Martin which are free (no affiliation).
4: Stress less
Stress is the most common reason for people to take up meditation. Slowing your mind and calmly contemplating allows you to process emotions and situations to make clearer decisions and let go of negative thought patterns. When you can step back, clear your mind and calm your emotions in times of stress and anxiety, you have a powerful life tool to keep you centred and happy.
5: Be Mindful
Meditation is the ultimate ritual of mindfulness. Being totally in the present moment. Focusing on your breath, tuning in to your body and momentarily tuning out from the noise and distraction of the world. Mindfulness helps you to focus on the present and recognise the positive aspects in each moment. This in turn prompts gratitude, and creates a positive mindset. It’s all inter-linked, so beneficial and powerful yet these are simple ways to achieve emotional well being.
So hands up if you’re tempted to try meditation now?
Try it with your kids, it’s a beautiful ritual to do together. Here’s some suggestions that we like to do:
⭐️ Lie down and place crystals on your body, put some chanting meditation on and relax in to the moment.
⭐️ Sit somewhere quiet with a crystal and think about something you’ve been worried or indecisive about. Ask your heart for guidance and answers and see what comes up.
⭐️ At bedtime, listen to a guided bedtime meditation story.
⭐️ Sit quietly in nature, close your eyes, take deep breaths and practise mindfulness using your senses. Notice what you can feel, hear, smell.
⭐️ Stand with your bare feet outside in contact with the Earth. Close your eyes and imagine roots growing down from the soles of your feet deep in to the Earth. Imagine and try to feel the Earth energy flowing back up through those roots and entering your feet, anchoring you in to the ground and making you feel strong, grounded and supported. Let the energy fill your whole body and notice what you feel.
Let me know how you go, or if you’d like any other tips to help your kids start the practise of meditation.
Love and Blessings