Review: The Children’s Meditations In My Heart

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.

THe Children's Meditations heart

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

The Pramshed
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17 Comments

  1. Lizzie
    August 22, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I love these meditations too, Hayley – I started with a similar level of scepticism to you but was quickly converted. Our eldest often asks for them now as they help him relax at bedtime and other times in the day.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 24, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Yes – my eldest asks for them to help him relax too – just brilliant! xx

  2. August 23, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Love this, I’m the opposite imagination is huge and my meditation usually involves lots of doors and a mini adventure! Lol…may be one day I’ll adult.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 24, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Ha ha – you’ll love this book then! xx

  3. August 24, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Wow this sounds like an amazing book, and it’s great that your oldest falls asleep to it. I think it’s a really good idea to start teaching children mindfulness at an early age to make it part of their life, to hopefully benefit them in the future. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      You are so right Claire – yes so that it is perfectly normal for them to ‘be’. It is a really good book. Thanks for the lovely comment xx

  4. mommyhomemanager
    August 24, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    This sounds like it would be a lovely way to start and/or end your day with your children.<3

  5. mackenzieglanville
    August 25, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Firstly thank you so much for joining #mg this week. I absolutely love the sound of this book. I have downloaded the smiling mind app for myself and the children’s versions for them. My 7 year old son really loves it. There is one where we stand apart and them come together for a cuddle and he loves it. I am also sharing this post as my #blogcrush this week. Great read! #mg

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 25, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing the post on #BlogCrush and for your kind comments. I need to look into the smiling mind app! xx

  6. August 26, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    This books sounds fab. I really like the idea of reading mindfulness books to my toddler so I think I will have to have a look out for some. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 27, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Relax Kids to really nice ones xx

  7. Kate Orson
    August 28, 2017 / 10:32 am

    This book sounds great. I love the idea of meditating as a way of reconnecting with our children. Although the other morning I was meditating for just a few mins after finishing doing some yoga, and my daughter woke up and was getting a bit bored and told me ”I wish I was born from another mummy who didn’t do meditation!” !

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 28, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      That is so funny! Sounds like something my eldest would say! xx

  8. August 31, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Aww this book sounds lovely. I’ve never really tried meditation before and would never have thought to try it with the kids but from reading this I can see it would be beneficial x #BlogCrush

  9. September 3, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I love the idea of this! I have done some short meditation with Alex (I’ve used the Headspace for kids one) but never thought of looking in a book for one. Sounds like a great way to connect with them before bed – thanks for the recommendation! #thesatsesh xx

  10. September 8, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I’m also a very big fan of these meditations and reviewed them myself. Like you, we tend to focus on the first three. I love that Gitte’s book is gettting out and about like this. It’s been an invaluable resource in our house! #blogcrush

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