How To Meditate With Your Toddler | BabyGaga
When , they think of having to clear the mind completely. This is a feat parents have a hard time adhering to, given that the recommended meditation time is 15 to 45 minutes per day, according to . As such, they believe that there is no way that would be able to last that long being silent and still. And they would be right. There is no way that toddlers could meditate for that period. However, there are ways to .
The attention span of toddlers is very small. According to , it is anywhere from three to six minutes maximum. But that is not something that necessarily requires them to sit still. Therefore, when teaching toddlers the art of meditation, if they can sit for as little as 30 seconds, that is a success. The goal is to help the little ones find a sense of calm and relaxation that in the future can help . And regardless of how long or little the amount of time is that toddlers can focus, it is building a foundation for longer meditation in the future.
Here is how to meditate with your toddler.
Meditation is the practice of bringing the mind and body to a state of calmness and relaxation and doing so with intention, according to the . The practice has been around for thousands of years and has been proven to improve the health of both the body and the mind.
Those who practice meditation with regularity find their feelings of depression and anxiety are reduced and even chronic conditions can be greatly improved, according to the publication.
To begin meditating, according to , it is as simple as finding a spot to sit down on.
Once a comfortable place to practice has been identified, choosing an appropriate amount of time to meditate is the next step. (For those who are meditating with toddlers, the time will not be exceptionally long.)
When settled, the eyes should close. Begin taking stock of the body and feeling how the breath feels going in and out of it helps a person be present in the practice. This helps to keep "random thoughts" at bay, according to the publication.
If thoughts from the day begin to creep in, those practicing should acknowledge them and send them away until the meditation time has come to an end.
When done, open the eyes and take stock of the body and how everything feels overall.
When it comes to teaching toddlers the basics of meditation, it does not need to be a complicated process, according to . All it takes is a few simple steps and a toddler will be practicing and maybe even in no time flat.
According to the publication, the first step is to help them find a comfortable position to stay still. This could be sitting, laying down on their backs, or even laying on their stomachs. Whatever position helps a toddler to remain calm is the perfect position for that toddler.
Teaching toddlers to connect with their bodies means being aware of how the air fills their stomachs and makes it get larger and smaller, per Healthline.
Toddlers may not realize why it is helpful to meditate. As such, according to the publication, reminding them about how good their bodies feel when relaxed and calm will enforce the importance of meditation.
It is important that when practicing meditation with a toddler to choose a space that is conducive to meditation. This means, according to , finding a place that is favorable for meditating for both parent and child.
While parents may want certain smells, colors, or textures of fabrics in the room where they meditate, toddlers need a space that is clear of distractions. As such, a room that is clutter-free and toy-free are the key characteristics of a room that is advantageous for toddlers to meditate in.
Toddlers love to sing songs and songs and chants are part of practicing meditation. As such, to get toddlers involved in the practice, bring songs into the time allotted for mediation.
According to , OM is one of the easiest sounds/songs that is part of meditation. Not only can toddlers copy their parents by saying "OM" but they can also do it at their own pace. As such, toddlers become active participants in their meditation practice and get to see firsthand how their body feels when they let it settle with singing "OM."
When meditating with a toddler, the experience is going to be different than it would be where parents to meditate on their own. However, it does not mean that meditation does not have to suffer because of it.
Meditating with a toddler means being aware when practicing, according to . While a toddler may get up and down when trying to meditate, he may choose to sit in places such as a parent's lap or next to the parent where he can physically touch their loved one. When this is done, he is finding a way to relax and feel calm. Both of which is the intention of practicing meditation.
This means that while meditation may not be as centered as it would be solo, it can be a special experience shared between a parent and a toddler. And that shared experience builds the foundation for toddlers practicing meditation for a lifetime.
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