When we received this book in the post earlier this summer I have to be honest I was a little sceptical. My meditation practice is the non-fluffy sort. Straightforward, secular and based in science. As I have said before visualisation isn’t really for me and I felt like there may be a little too much of this in it.
So it was left collecting dust on our kitchen table for a while. Then a few weeks ago, as it neared the end of the summer term and I felt that we were all snapping at each other a little too much. And tiredness was setting in too, I thought, in a little bit of desperation really, we’d give the book a go.
And I’m so pleased we did.
Now our eldest often asks for a meditation (meditation 2 is his favourite) from this before he goes to sleep. He is also often in a deep sleep by the time I finish reading it to him.
So what is so good about this book:
- Reading one of the meditations in this book is a lovely way to reconnect with your child if the afternoon has been a bit fraught. The wording is gentle and loving and encourages snuggles.
- The meditations remind children of the importance of self-compassion and self-love. With statements like: ” Now feel…how much love you also hold for yourself. Feel how nice it is to fill up your own heart with love.” This is such an important message that cannot be told too young.
- The meditations remind parents of the importance of being loving and open in communication. There are some lovely passages in which the parent gets an opportunity to explain just how special their child is to them. I realised we don’t really do this enough.
In my mind meditations 1 – 3 are suitable for children aged about 6 – 11 years old. The final meditation is a little heavier and one that we have avoided doing with our son or have adapted it heavily if we have done it.
As a real bonus I’ve really enjoyed the meditations myself and felt calmer and more content after doing them.
I therefore recommend this book by Gitte Winter Graugaard from Room for Reflection Publishing to anyone who is interested in introducing their child to meditation. It has self-kindness at it’s core – what’s not to like?
Disclosure: we were lucky enough to be sent this book free of charge.
However, all opinions are my own.
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