The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “meditation” is an image of a figure serenely sitting cross-legged with eyes closed. Oftentimes, we think that sitting quietly is meditation. If this is the case, I cannot imagine how I can teach my three-year old daughter meditation as she cannot sit still even for a minute! Fortunately, there are a lot of fun ways we can teach meditation to our kids. Yes, you read it right. FUN ways to meditate. This, for me, was such a positive revelation as I, too, have difficulty incorporating meditation into my own personal practice.
Meditation is to simply being present. It involves training the mind to be focused on the here and now. So, whether you are sitting with your eyes closed, coloring a mandala, gazing at a flower, gardening, or simply walking, as long as you are focused on the present moment, you are meditating. I love this article Meditation for Kids by Gopala Amir Yaffe as it provides many meditation exercises for kids (and for grown-ups too!). My personal favorite is the chocolate meditation. In the exercise, you focus on the smell, texture, the softness, and the flavors of the chocolate. The point being, to enjoy the moment, in this case, the chocolate. For Winnie the Pooh, we can try honey. So, what are you waiting for? Start smelling the flowers. Gaze at the sky. Taste the velvety softness of warm chocolate. Meditating shouldn’t be hard. It should be easy breezy. Something that even kids can enjoy.