Is there anything trendier than meditation right now?
Exactly. No. There isn’t.
We’ve entered a period of time where focusing on mindfulness and how we personally show up in the world is huge. Which is amazing! But there is definitely not a one-size-fits-all answer to any of the spiritual trends that are hot right now.
If most adults struggle with sitting silently and quieting the ever-rushing and mostly negative or stress-inducing thoughts, how can we expect our kids to do it?
Here’s where this blog post comes in uber handy, because I hold a big shocking secret about meditation… Are you ready? Ok… here goes…
You can meditate in more ways than the stereotypical way that you see in movies and on TV. If I ask my five-year-old what meditation is, she sits criss-cross-applesauce, pops her elbow on her knees, and creates a circle with her thumb and pointer finger and says, “Rafiki!” as in, The Lion King. See, they do learn by example!
So let’s explore a few ways we can introduce meditation and mindfulness to our kiddos without boring them, or inducing a major case of the wiggly-gigglies.
MEDITATE THROUGH ART + MOVEMENT
One of my favorite ways to “lose myself” is through art. Anyone can pick up a pen, pencil, marker, crayon and put it down on paper and let loose. The key is to not force any specific picture or doodle, but to just have fun with different patterns, shapes, textures, and flow. Let your hand move freely, turn and move the paper around, and play around with colors.
Right now, coloring books for adults are still pretty popular, and you can find them anywhere from a book store to your local grocery store. Pick up a fun themed one and color along with your kids. My daughter enjoys the adult ones just as much as kid-geared ones with Disney characters, so don’t restrict what you allow your kids to color in. Maybe let them pick out their own may help them feel more drawn to, well, drawing in them.
If you haven’t heard of Zentangle, I recommend popping over to my Pinterest board and check out all the cool designs that you can draw, easily and in just a few steps! As you focus on the lines and patterns you are creating, you may feel your mind begin to drift off. If you notice a lot of thoughts popping up, simply acknowledge it, and then let it go. You can direct your kiddos to do the same. As they draw they may get a bit chatterbox-ish, which is good! This means they are letting their subconscious express some thoughts that have been locked up. Let them talk as you wish, and then direct them back to the drawing. Feel free to put on some binaural beats or gently spa/meditation music as well.
Another great way to connect with your body and soul is through movement or dance. There are many different ways you can do this, so that it is fun and helps you release the stress of the day; or to search YouTube for chakra beats which align to the frequency of your chakras and can help you raise your vibration. The key is to let your body move on its own, without forcing the movements. When we let go and let ourselves move freely, we are better able to release anything pent up as well as opening up the chakras that are blocked in a natural way. For adults: Check out the book, Chakradance for more great information on dancing your way through the chakras. I am by no means a dancer or have any type of rhythm, but this is one of my favorite ways to open and balance my chakras.
A really popular way of creating art today is paint pouring. You take acrylic paints and literally pour them onto a canvas and let the colors swirl and mix and flow. Of course this is one of those messy, do-I-really-want-to-let-my-kids-pour-paint types of activities, but it can really be as easy or advanced as you want it to be. Again, YouTube and Pinterest are great resources for tips and techniques, but this is a great way to lose yourself in the flow and movement of the paint as it glides across the canvas.
Of course this one is a no-brainer. My five-year-old came home from pre-K last year excited to roll out my yoga mat and show me what she learned that day. YouTube has great kid-friendly yoga channels that use movements and poses that go along with their favorite Disney stories or other popular characters. My kids really love to do the Moana one. Yes, it can get silly and goofy, but they really enjoy themselves and it’s a great stress reliever for them and for me, as I can’t help but giggle along with them!
Just like anything else in life, meditation can be as simple or as hard as you make it out to be. If you let it be simple, it will come naturally. If you overthink it, it will be hard. The key is to just let yourself have fun and flow with it. It might not work every time, and that’s okay. Let yourself adapt and adjust to being silent and listening and connecting with your soul.
What is your favorite way to meditate? Let me know in the comments!
Much Love, Light, and Moonbeam Blessings,