Meditation has been described as a “gathering of energy” and “a technique for harmonizing your body and mind” It is a practice I am personally still developing….quieting my mind is not a simple thing for me. Some people (including a few in my life) are a little freaked out by meditation…so if you are reading this….pretend I am talking about imgainative creations in my mind….and if that doesn’t make you feel better….then just stop reading now. In my opinion…when I meditate and practice yoga…not only is it bringing me closer to my “self”, it is my quiet moments to talk with God. Yoga to me is not about self improvement…it is about self acceptance.
The other day, I read that it helps children to pray more openly by doing a guided meditation before they talk to God….So, as we settled in for the night, I decided to give it a go. Gracie and I layed in “Savasana” pose (aka corpse pose…aka…laying flat on your back) and we did some deep breathing to relax our bodies. I then began to create a visual for her to concentrate on while she sank deeper into relaxation:
“Savasana” pose (aka corpse pose…aka…laying flat on your back)
We imagined ourselves walking on a white sandy beach, with the most beautiful seashells you could ever imagine, the ocean was crystal clear…so crystal clear that it matched the sky. As we walked along the warm sand, we could feel the sun rays beating down on our faces…healing us with a warmth of love. As we moved further down the beach, we noticed the most colorful rainbow in the sky and right underneath the arch of the rainbow were dolphins splashing and playing. We sit for a while and watch them…and we laugh….because they are laughing..and there is no better sound in our lives than laughter. We now walk over to this really tall tree, and underneath is a hammock with a pink pillow….we climb into the hammock and we close our eyes…breathing in the sounds of this magical place.
As I conclude this, I tell her it’s time for our bedtime prayers and I tell her to go ahead and start. I held my breath waiting for this “lightbulb” moment to go off in her…for her to reveal an inward conversation with God which I’ve never heard before. I chuckle as I recall what she said….”Dear God, thank you for allowing me to be able to see dolphins playing…and to see all those beautiful seashells…and for the warm sun…and the sandy beach…and thanks for giving mommy and me a hammock with a pink pillow to lay on….you are so good to us God” I just love her! The simpleness and innocence is truly what makes her so very special! Oh yeah, and one more funny thing…she calls it “MEDICATION” not “MEDITATION” and always asks when we can “MEDICATE” again….so teachers, grandparents, family and friends…if she tells you that her and mommy “MEDICATE” together….you’ll know what she means!
Here is a picture of her complete painted picture (the mermaid and her riding the dolphin were her added touch to making it all the more magical…and of course, me sliding on the rainbow):