Meditation for little minds in Lock down.
We know all the mummy's & daddy's out there are doing their best, trying to hold it all together, but its hard. Its hard because parents are facing the full extent of the unknown, the prospect of children going back to school & potentially having to go back into the work place themselves. No matter how much we try our best, it doesn't stop our children from wanting what isn't there anymore because they want to giggle with their friends, skip across the school playground, do handstands at the wall and kick about a football. And you know what, its ok for them to want all those things back, its ok for them to be upset, its ok for them to feel lonely, it doesn't mean parents aren't doing a good enough job, it just means your child is expressing their reaction to the situation we are all facing.
The little ones amongst us really are having the most emotional time. Not being able to see their friends all of a sudden & being separated from family is having a huge impact. Its impossible for them to fully grasp why they can't go to school or have their first big birthday party. Amidst all the uncertainty parents are trying their upmost to keep them busy, fed, happy & feeling loved. I've seen a huge influx in parents turning to my meditations to help nurture children during lockdown. Its created calmer minds, softens feelings of sadness, soothing children to sleep who are missing a parent & building confidence is those feeling lost.
Meditation is such a clever & useful tool for us all, but at this very moment it is comforting children much more than ever before. Its lifting their spirits on a bad day, giving them hope when they feel deflated & supporting their mental health when they feel lonely. My advice to all parents is to incorporate meditation into your everyday life, even just for a couple of minutes. Use it to check in with how they feel, an opportunity to reflect, share & release. A quiet space for little minds might be just what they need along with a parents loving guidance.
Try introducing quiet moments to your child, where you both sit & connect in with your heart to notice how you feel. Suggest breathing away any feelings you don't want to feel anymore & invite in positive feelings that will brighten your day. I believe that if we teach young children that its ok to feel different emotions, it will give them a good foundation for challenging times as they grow up. Its also empowering for them to understand that they have the option to release emotions & move forward. I spoke to one family yesterday who's child still hasn't got "The star of the week" award, delivered by email to the whole school while on lockdown. They used my sad meditation to stop their 5 year old from feeling left out each week & its worked, which just goes to show we can empower children to feel good & start to understand their worth. You can find more on children's meditations here.
Suzanne Prince | The Identity Queen