Like me, you are probably deep into meditation. But I have noticed something else, my child wants to follow me in my meditation.
I thought it was cute, and I know I cannot be the only reason he is interested in meditation.
Meditation is very important to me, and I never try to hide it from my child. As a matter of fact, I encourage it. I can recall all the hard times it has helped me get through.
For me, seeing how children this small could be so curious about this ancient practice is very touching. Obviously, even when introduced to it, they will be far from perfect. After all, they are just kids.
And I am aware that introducing kids to meditation is now something of a trend, and some schools are using it in place of detention. The idea is to let kids explore their emotions.
This makes me excited about my kid and his interest in meditation.
I think one teacher hit the nail on the head when he said that the world today exposes us to an overwhelming amount of information, and we cannot process it all. That is why we need meditation.
Through meditation, we can handle the pressure because we can let off some steam.
I did not always think of meditation in this manner. Initially, I thought it was just a way to reduce stress and anxiety.
But now, I know meditation is something I need all the time, which is why it has become a daily routine for me.
The world is certainly overwhelming, and without a way to release the pressure, we might not be in a position to make it a better place as we can easily become victims of this information overload.
But it’s nice to witness this great paradigm shift.
So, by letting the little ones meditate, they can learn to be more loving, kinder, and even more compassionate.
I hope they will be allowed to take up the practice willingly, not by force.
So, if your kid has shown interest in meditation, here are ways to introduce them to it.
1. Lighting a candle so that they can focus on it, but always with your supervision. A candle can be a good idea, but don’t be shocked when the kid decides to put it out.
2. Have no expectations about the process. Therefore, you should make sure that you don’t impose the process on them so that they can cultivate a natural interest in the process.
3. Talk about meditation at home, but as a natural part of conversation in order to answer any questions about it openly.
4. Teach the child to smell the flowers and blow the candle. This is basically a way to let the child know how to breathe in (smell the flowers) and breath out (blowing the candle). Obviously, you don’t need an actual candle or flower.
5. Discuss virtues like love, compassion, and kindness using simple words such as telling them to "be gentle", "to be loving", and "to be kind".
You need to be patient with kids. And learn that it’s okay if you skip a few meditations here and there. They are just kids after all, and the most important thing is not the meditation, but what it achieves.
As long as your child is growing in compassion, kindness, and love, you are doing great and should be proud of yourself.