But I’m Too Busy to Learn to Meditate: Meditation for Families

 This guest post is by: Kim Tennant is a Reiki Master and teaches introduction to meditation Sundays, 5-6 p.m., at Happy Bodies Studio in Fair Oaks, CA. For more information, you may call (916) 844-0452, or reach Kim awww.kimtennant.net or kim@kimtennant.net

Our lives are busier than ever, chock full of appointments, meetings, work, and shuttling the kids to and fro. I’m sure you can add many more to the list. It’s a wonder we have little time for ourselves, and we are stressed out and tired, not to mention our kids. When was the last time our kids daydreamed?

 

Meditation is an important tool to learn. It is as personal as you are, and it has shown to help reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and help us sleep better. It’s also good for our kids. In fact, educators like the Bristol Township School District are using breathing techniques to help students with ADHD manage daily activities. In Los Angeles, Children of the Night, a shelter for teens who have been abused and have run away is using Transcendental Meditation with positive results.

 

What are the basics to get started? The primary purpose is to feel safe, so find a place in your house that will be your special place. Put things there that embrace that special place, such as a favorite chair, a candle, stones you found on a walk, a stick your child gave you — anything that reminds you this your spot to sit and breathe. Then turn off the phone, TV, computer and any other distraction.

 

Then follow these simple instructions:

 

  1. Sit straight as you can. For some people this might be difficult, so use a pillow to support your body. Remove your shoes.If it is chilly, wrap yourself in a blanket. Get comfortable. Do not lie down as you will end up going to sleep.
  2. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Breathe naturally and listen to your breath. Your breath is unique to you and no one else. Whenever your mind has a thought, just acknowledge it and let it go. The key is not to judge yourself whether you are doing it right, or whether it is wrong to think certain thoughts. It takes time to be able to focus on your breath.
  3. Imagine a color starting at the top of your head and every time you breathe, let the color move slowly down your body, relaxing every part. You can choose any color that works for you. Then, when your body is relaxed, just breathe.
  4. Practice for 15 minutes. Then when you feel more comfortable, increase the time.

 

If you prefer to listen to soft (not pop or rock) music while your breathe, you can do that. The goal of meditation is to relax the mind, which in turn, benefits you.

 

As for the kids, you can teach them the same thing, but they may prefer listening to soft music. They might enjoy setting up their own resting place.

 

Kim Tennant is a Reiki Master and teaches introduction to meditation Sundays, 5-6 p.m., at Happy Bodies Studio in Fair Oaks, CA. For more information, you may call (916) 844-0452, or reach Kim awww.kimtennant.net or kim@kimtennant.net

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