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The idyllic image in which a whole family is at home meditating is, at times, as difficult to live as that of a mother and baby sleeping peacefully on a hammock. Meditating as a family is one of the most beautiful and profound things that exist, but sometimes it can also be stressful.
In Guiainfantil.com We offer you some clues so that everything is a little easier, pleasant, and above all, fluid.
- Start with yourself. If the adult does not meditate, it is better not to try to instill it in your child. In that case, it is preferable for the adult to start meditation first, with an initiation course for example.
- The best, as always, the example. It is taught more with deeds than with words. The best "hook" to hook children in meditation is to practice it by example.
- Accept what happens. Meditating helps you live in the present and accept it. Accept everything that happens. Its when the adult is meditating the child approaches and accompanies him, perfect. If after a few minutes or seconds it goes away, perfect too.
- Drop expectations. Even if you want your child to sit down with yourself to meditate, it may or may not happen. It may be a pleasant moment or it may not be. Let's just take it as "let's see what happens today."
In a house where parents meditate, children can begin to meditate at an early age. When they are young, under 3 years old even, they may see us and come closer. In that case, we can simply take them in our arms and continue meditating with the child on our lap, in silence, until they get tired.
When they are children over 3 years old, they can start propose family meditation as an optional activity, and looking for activities that through play lead to meditation. There are stories, audios, books that initiate parents in these types of resources: meditate with the help of pebbles, with songs, with the sound of the bowl ...
From the age of 8 or 9, children can already better understand some attitudes of meditation, and you can propose the practice already in silence, or with some guided meditation audio.
And when they are already pre-teens or teenagers ... it is something more complex. If these teens have already seen you practice at home since they were little, no problem. They will meditate or not as they wish. But if it is the case of parents who begin to meditate when their children are these ages, it is very difficult for children to share this activity. The adolescent opposes what his parents do ... and that is the way it should be. You may even meditate at your school or elsewhere, but you are less likely to practice it with your parents. So in these cases, a lot of patience.
- Do not force. Meditation cannot be an obligation. It must be a proposal. And if the father or mother proposes it and the child does not want to, this decision must be respected. However, this does not mean the adult has to stop doing it. Boys often reject the proposal, and when they observe their father or mother, they join them "in their own way."
- Do not monitor. When the practice of meditation is shared, the adult has to practice it. He is not a vigilante. It is not about seeing whether or not the child has his eyes closed, if he is moving or telling him to be quiet. Meditation is observing and accepting what happens. Inside and outside of oneself. Whatever it is. When meditating as a family everyone is at the same level, and each one practices it in their own way. After practice, you can calmly comment on what happened.
- Do not interpret or judge. The practice of meditation does not imply therapy, and less if it is with the family and without a professional. Any comment, any behavior, we observe and welcome it. It is the present, as is. No more no less.
- Objectives: have fun. In the end, when a family decides to meditate as a family, it is for fun. Meditation can be fun and enjoyable. Not somewhat uncomfortable. And it can be combined with many activities based on meditation, beyond sitting or formal meditation.
- Organize some kind of ritual. Have the meditation corner, light a candle, incense ... Some ritual that shows us the beginning and the end of the time of meditation.
And of course, it is always highly recommended to start with a professional who guides and accompanies the first sessions.
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