We tend to lump children together as one homogenous segment of humanity, more often than not only seeing uniqueness of adults, rather than letting the uniqueness of each child stand out.
Sit in your special place and begin even and regular breathing such as 2 counts to breathe in and 2 counts to breathe out. Keep up this even rhythm throughout your meditation without actually doing the counting.
Children are impressionable and react rapidly to stimulus. Children as individuals need a general and personalized plan with their schooling to develop their inherent qualities.
Kids learn best when they see the adults around them modeling what they want the children to learn.
Adults that are around children need to extend a helping hand if they are about to fall; otherwise we should just observe and allow them to master their walk.
The basis for their behavior is set at an early age and refined as they grow into adults. Parents and teachers should set guidelines for kids' behavior at home and at school, with repercussions made known beforehand.
As adults, we have golden opportunities to inspire and bring out the best in kids, our next generation, by our words and actions. Let us, as responsible adults, fully love each other and our children, living as the best examples that we can.
Reflection meditation is valuable for your kids to learn too, helping them to calmly work out sticky situations.
Finish your meditation by taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it. Take a few minutes to write out any new insights in your journal for later review.
Article and photo credit Susan Helene Kramer
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