Incorporating mindfulness into your child’s everyday activities can change the way she reacts to every day frustrations, help shape the neuronal networks in her brain, and ultimately influence her personality development in a positive way.
Mindfulness practices activate prefrontal lobe activity, helping us to respond to stress in healthier ways, attune and communicate better with loved ones, and help us feel empathy to those in our community and the world. Mindfulness training helps us understand how we are all deeply connected, and develops a sense of moral awareness. Could we give our kids a better education? With these facts in mind, it makes sense to make mindfulness part of our child’s every day life. Perhaps as important as eating well, brushing teeth every day, and getting enough sleep.
Don’t think you have time for mindfulness? Yonguey Mingyur Rinpoche, a popular buddhist meditation teacher says “mindfulness helps you do more with less effort.” How is it possible that slowing down and attending to one thing at a time will allow us to do more? What Rinpoche is talking about is the sense of ease that is developed once a mindfulness practice is established. By practicing mindfulness with your child, you will both start to feel a sense of ease and well-being, a sense that everything is manageable, and everything is okay.
Check out our tip sheet, Everyday Mindfulness with Children. Let us know how it works for you!
We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!
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