The thought of your child sitting in peaceful stillness, deeply engaged in quiet self awareness may seem far fetched, but we promise meditation is possible, even for the liveliest kids! Let’s be honest, the concept of meditation is tricky enough for adults, so how can you expect your Little One to turn inwards and reflect?
One simple tool for guiding children in meditation is offering them focused narrative—a story, essentially—that channels their attention. Some call this form of meditation “Visualization”. Not only do visualizations harness the imagination, they also offer endless opportunities to create engaging “places” in the mind from under the sea, to tropical jungles, to outer space!
Today we are sharing a beach inspired visualization that you can read to your child in order to help them relax, focus, and connect with their inner calm. To get started, help your Little One get comfortable. Lying down is a good way for kids to completely relax their active bodies. They might lie on their bed or on a beach towel in the grass. Tell them you’ll be reading them a story about a walk on the beach, and that they can close their eyes and imagine every detail without saying a word. This exercise will take about 5 minutes.