Perhaps you have heard lots of things about the amazing benefits that mindfulness can bring yet you find it hard to sit still long enough to have a go at meditation. Well imagine how hard it could be for a class of 32 children aged just 8 years old. Almost impossible you might think?…Apparently not! They have a lot to teach us.
This morning I entered the classroom just as their teacher was doing the register. The children were all sitting at their desks with their reading books out. This was the perfect start. They were already calming down and getting focussed. This is just what we need when we meditate, a calm start. If you go from manically rushing around to trying to sit still and meditate the chances are that your mind will still be rushing around and your body will struggle to stay still. So tip number one from the children is slow down a bit first and then try.
Tip number two. Sit somewhere you feel comfortable. Last time I did a session with the same group of children we moved the desks out of the way and got them all on the floor. Most of them chose to try and sit cross legged. There was quite a lot of fidgeting and excitement. Today the children sat at their desks, exactly how they normally would. This made such a huge difference. They were great at sitting still and they felt less distracted. Tip number two from the children is sit somewhere you feel comfortable and won’t feel distracted.
Finally, find a meditation that captures your imagination so that you enjoy it. This morning the children did an exercise where they imagined they were a frog sitting on a leaf. They wanted to catch a fly. In order to catch the fly they needed to sit upright, still and calmly so that the fly would not know that they were being eyed up. I set a timer and when we reached the end of the period I said ‘fly’ and that was the end of that session. They focussed so well that the whole class managed 3 minutes of still and quiet. Almost a miracle when you see how they usually leap about!
So if you learn to sit still and focus, just like the frog, you can catch your ’fly’. Your ’fly’ might be love, wealth, health, perfect parenting, success, anything. You will always be in a stronger position to get what you want when you are able to pause and see things clearly. When you are mindful you learn to play the game of life in a much more skilful way so that you achieve your dreams.
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