This morning, Noah, our 3 year old came to find us in bed. He spotted my phone on charge. He loves checking the weather on it so he was looking that up when he noticed my headspace app. It is a bright orange circle so it looks attractive.
He has seen me use that app plenty of times so he knew what it was for. The next thing he asked to do was a headspace meditation! I agreed thinking it would last all of a minute, perhaps 3 at at the most. I was totally shocked, and delighted, when 10 minutes later he was still sitting cross legged with his eyes closed next to me.
I often tell clients about Noah loving meditation. He will regularly sit with me for shorter sessions and he really enjoys it. People often look at me in disbelief and I think they wonder if this can possibly be true – he is only 3! Well, I promise it is totally true.
So the best way to encourage your youngster to meditate?
1) Let them see you do it. If they often see you sitting to do it they will want a go. Kids love to copy and meditation is no different.
2) Never force them into it. No one should ever be forced into meditation, I wait for Noah to suggest it. As soon as there is resistance in the mind it becomes very difficult to slow thoughts down at all. It has to be something that we are open to in order for it to benefit us.
3) Make it fun. I usually keep the sessions short so that i’m not asking too much. Using a phone app can make it seem more appealing too. Kids love to use technology and there are so many meditation apps on the market that this is an easy way to add a little interest.
I have no doubt that the biggest influence on Noah is seeing me meditate regularly. He is growing up knowing that it is a normal thing to do. If you want to encourage your family to meditate then come on a Revitalise Day to get your own routine on track.
You will feel so motivated after a day of relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. Once you experience the amazing impact on your life others will notice it too. Then they might be ready to follow suit!