Wish you had learnt to meditate earlier on in life? I sure do! Its something I still struggle with; this overactive mind of mine always puts up a good fight. As they say, practice makes perfect, and meditation is definitely something that gets easier the more you do it.
A great way to introduce mediation to your child is through guided meditation. Children have the best imagination and visualization skills, so not only does guided mediation calm them down, relax their mind, reduce anxiety and improve their overall health; it also cultivates their visualization abilities, something we definitely don’t want to lose as we get older.
I still have a vivid memory of my mother using guided meditation with me as a child. It was the middle of the night; I was unwell and irritable. My mother lay next to me stroking my hair, instructing me to close my eyes as she told me an adventurous story about an audacious puppy as I slowly drifted off to sleep.
Remembering this, I decided to try it on my housemate’s young daughter who was over tired, irritable and not wanting to calm down. I got her to lay comfortably on the couch wrapped in her blankly and started telling her a story about magical fairies and their special abilities… I even included Barbie into this tale. The two conditions for me telling her the story was that she was not to speak or open her eyes. If she did, I would stop the story. She lay quietly and listened to me share my story, and although she did not fall asleep she was noticeably much more relaxed.
Using guided mediation at bedtime is a great way to calm your child down and get their mind in a great space ready for dreaming. Hopefully they may even fall asleep while you are speaking… saving you from reading that extremely long picture book that they keep choosing which has far too many words.
During guided meditation with your child you can:
- Speak of fairies, angels, mermaids and other spiritual entities to spark their imagination.
- Point out ways that messages are given to us through butterflies, feathers, rainbows and numbers.
- Get them to visualise beautiful golden energy coming down through them and around them, healing their bodies. You can include sparkles and beams of light.
- Help them get in touch with their body by getting them to relax their muscles, starting at their feet and working their way up the body.
- Incorporate and call on Archangels, Masters and Guides. Educating your child on these beings through your story so that they know who they are and how they can assist.
- Get them to take deep breaths, focusing on their breathing.
- Get them to receive divine messages from above. An example of this would be telling your child there is a mermaid showing them a box, a treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean. They just need to dive down deep and see what has been left inside for them.
Using guided meditation before bed is a great way to introduce meditation to your child. It helps them disconnect from all of our modern day technologies, as well as physically and spiritually expanding their mind. Creating a space where your child is able to consciously grow and connect within is a massive victory in my books. Just be sure not to force mediation on your little one otherwise they may start to resist it in future. Keeping it fun and enjoyable is key, tailoring your meditations to topics and stories that spark their interest.
Amy Shayanna x
Psst: How do you use guided mediation with your children?