Teach your children to be calm and still. Show them how to take deep breaths. Explain that it’s okay to do nothing and that boredom is only a concept. Children learn from observing and feeling us. They learn to be peaceful by being around those who are peaceful, just as they learn to be nervous and anxious from being around those who are nervous and anxious. Model for your child the way that you would like them to be. Be kind to those around you and they will likely reflect your actions.
Meditation and yoga cause immediate changes to the parasympathetic nervous system. We are better able to focus, think, be creative and handle stress. Something we all want more of, right?!
There are many great resources for learning meditation with your child. Why not make it a family project? Spending even 5-10 minutes before or after dinner or first thing in the morning can shift a home’s atmosphere from one of chaos to one of peace and possibility. Stick with it together. They will love that you are taking devoted time to be with them.
Make it fun and let your family witness your dedication to your practice. Nothing to lose, peace to gain. It’s a no-brainer, truly!