We hope you love this guest blog post by Licia Morelli, an internationally recognized clairvoyant psychic, intuition expert, speaker, media personality and published author.
Let's be honest, this back-to-school time of year is quite the adjustment for parents and kiddos alike. No matter how seasoned you are at the car pool schedule or packing the perfect lunch, we all need as much help as we can get.
So, I decided it was time to help out our kiddos with some of the same tips and tools that have helped me in my day-to-day. Why should the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation be reserved for seasoned yogis or start-up CEOs? Reduced stress, improved quality of sleep and better ability to focus is completely the bomb-diggety for everyone - no prerequisite required!
Here are my most favey-fave strategies to help instill Mindfulness and Meditation into the lives of your kiddos. Be sure to try some of these out for yourself, beacuse we can all benefit from a calm mind - especially when checking math homework. (Really.)
1. Let It Go
(And, I had just gotten that song out of my head...) You can guide your kiddos on how to sit and the best ways to focus on their breathing, but they may still complain about the smell of your favorite meditation candle or refuse to close their eyes. Just let it go, press on, and let them see you practice – it will begin to rub off on them and the added benefit will be more mindful around your practice.
2. Cultivate the Now
Children live very in-the-moment, present lives – which is a benefit in teaching them meditation practices – but remember, they’re still kids. So, work to cultivate their "now" and make it a game! Lie on the floor (feel free to make it nest-y with pillows), and see who can take the deepest breath – their understanding will grow as they practice with you. Bonus: fifteen minutes of focused breath will help you, too. (Check out this blast from the past, where I explain more about simple ideas on how to help teach mindfulness to kids!)
Licia has recently released her first children’s book, The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation, from Tilbury House Publishers. She is the resident psychic on morning drive radio at the 92 Moose morning show and has been a featured blogger in elephant journal and Tiny Buddha. Licia is also the founder of The House of Woo – 4 Weeks to Recognize Your Own Psychic Hits to Get Ahead in Business & Life, and loves teaching people how to listen to – and trust – their intuition on a daily basis (even if it means she may work herself out of a job.)