When my 5 year old grandson said to me “Nana, I don’t know how to calm down” I realized how much our present world is effecting our nervous systems at all ages. Bringing rituals into our lives that help our children and us to wind down, let go of the day, and simply be is catching on. Guided Meditation for children is very effective when it contains a story that draws upon the child’s imagination, at the same time, it is calming down the senses.
The meditation I’ve chosen to share with you is from a wonderful website called: Relax Kids… http://www.relaxkids.com. It goes like this…
“Pretend that your mind is a huge magnet, it’s not an ordinary magnet that attracts metal…it’s a special magnet attracts all kinds of things, like people, and feelings. Whatever you are thinking about is what the big magnet will attract more of. Would you like to make believe that your mind is a magnet?”
Now guide your child or children to sit comfortably or lie down. They may keep their eyes opened or closed… Ask them to become as still as possible and listen to their breathing. Is it fast, is it slow? Be aware of the soft air coming in your nose, filling up your tummy and your chest and going out your mouth. As you breathe in, count slowly to 5 and as you breathe out, completly exhale to the count of 5. Breath in to the count of 5, breath out to the count of 5, breathing in, breathing out…relaxing, feeling very calm and quiet, very calm and quiet…calm and quiet.
Imagine that your mind has become a huge magnet….a strong magnet, an incredibly powerful magnet. Your mind is a Magnet of Attraction.
They way it works is that whatever thoughts you have right now, the magnet will attract even more of those kind of thoughts. If you have a happy thought, your magnet will draw more happy thoughts to you. Happy thoughts will create feelings of happiness and your feelings will attract and create happy situations in your life. It will even draw people who are happy to you.
If you have a kind thought, you will attract more kind thoughts. You will notice you are feeling kinder towards others and others are being kinder to you! Your whole world becomes kind. Adjust your thought to what you would like to attract more of….Choose happiness, kindness, sweetness, love goodness, peace…whatever you wish to feel more of right now, bring that kind of thought into your mind. Allow the feelings of happiness, peace or kindness to grow and flood your whole being for the next few minutes. When you are ready to get up, take a deep breath and feel whatever feeling you have created from your head to your toes. Bring your attention back to the room and pat yourself on the back for creating more peace, more happiness, or more love in the world!
This is a great starter meditation for children or adults! ENJOY!