The Dalai Lama says that “If every child in the world is taught meditation, we would eliminate violence in the world within one generation. At this trying time on our planet, his philosophy is music to my ears. When natural feelings of helplessness arise within our children in the face of endless trauma and fear in the news and media, we need to remind them that they can do their part to spread peace and positivity on an individual level. Like all things, what we hope to see in our world, we must first create within ourselves. Meditation is one of the most powerful tools we can introduce to our children not only to help them through feelings of confusion and fear, but also to empower them to live in an internally peaceful and happy state regardless of external circumstances.
The single most significant way that you can ensure that your child has a great meditation experience, is if you join them. You can create a practice of taking five minutes together in the morning and/or the evening to come together, release and recharge.
If you do nothing else in your meditation practice , make sure you breathe. I love the 5/5/5 sequence in which you take in one deep breath for five seconds. Hold the breath in for five second and then slowly release it for five seconds. The breath is our life force and is available to us at all times to recalibrate our energy.
Although in classic meditation there certain guidelines that are recommended for an optimal experience, my belief is that meditation should be comfortable and meaningful for you. Do it in a way that resonates with you and your child. Play soft music, choose your own posture, make it your own. (MORE)
Source: Huffington Post