I LOVE this concept. Children meditating. Children engaging in stress-reducing activities at a young age. My daughter has learned “The Volcano Breath” at school.
They rub their hands together while calming and then blast them into the air with a big out breath! I use it when things are getting riled up in the household and the energy level is about to blow off the roof.
“Volcano breath, Honey! Quick, Volcano Breath!”
She stops whatever whirlwind she’s in the middle of and runs to me all smiles. She quick starts rubbing her hands together and then blast-off!
She’s calm, if only for a minute.
This is from an article I cut out on the topic of health and mindfulness meditation:
“A few minutes of daily mindfulness meditation can help take attention away from tummy troubles of all kinds for school-age kids, too.
Here’s one way to get started:
Have your child hold a flower (or another small, pretty object) in her hands. Encourage her to pretend she’s never seen a flower before, and have her describe what it looks like, what it smells like, how the petals feel—even what it sounds like. Gaylord says that focusing on something other than symptoms brings a person’s attention into the present moment—helping her think less about stomach pain or anxiety.”
Let’s try it! Find ways to integrate “living in the moment” into our children’s live. Let’s work on those self-calming strategies if only for a few moments or perhaps before going to bed.
There’s more to explore on this topic and I’m looking forward to it. I’m guessing that nature has its own natural sedative properties…how can they be put to use in this process?!
Love this one! The fact that young kids feel stress is mind boggling to most. But I certainly see it in my son.
Good point, Linette. Most people don’t think of children as experiencing anxiety; however, anxiety is just another reaction to stress which certainly isn’t limited to adults.