Meditation for Parents
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Did your meditation end the day you had kids? Are your desire to meditate and your parental responsibilities in conflict?
Meditation is possible as a parent of young children. Meditation can form a bedrock of family life with your children.
In development since 2003, this approach to meditation has been bourne of necessity. Many, of not most traditional ways of teaching meditation do not take into account the needs of parents of young children. Discovered over decades, presented here are learnings from teaching meditation to parents of young children, typically aged zero to six or seven.
Works with children of any age, from birth upwards
Designed to support any approach to meditation
Bring the benefits of meditation to both yourself and your children
The workshops showed me that separating out practice, particularly meditation practice is unhelpful and that including my kids is absolutely desirable and possible! Working with chaos, being emotionally present to their needs and ours, this is Buddhist practice at its most vital and immediate. We learn to focus and then inwards, repeatedly, on our breath, bodies, and our child, without blame or judgment. And our children learn by example the art of being present and still. A valuable life skill.
Every time we meet to meditate with our kids, I wonder how it can possibly work to bring together a new, disparate group of personalities and ages and hope that we can share a little taste of practice with them. Every time, it seems like a crazy experiment bound to go off the rails. Every time, though, as we settle into silence, a wave of peace passes through the room, and the children calm as they feel themselves, like everything in that space, welcomed just as they are. Every time, I find my heart opens, and I leave the session with a renewed sense of spaciousness, freedom and confidence in my path as a parent.
I attended a workshop led by Malcolm Holmes - I wasn’t sure to expect as we sat waiting for the workshop to start… there were children and adults of all ages: babies, toddlers, pre-school children, school-age children. I remember wondering: how is he going to mange this? We were invited to sit and draw our attention to our breath. The energy was still quite high but after 5 minutes everybody, including the children started to settled. It was the most amazing experience, probably the first time I had fully relaxed, and let go of trying to intervene, while with other people, in the ten months since my daughter had been born. I learnt that by not doing, not trying to intervene, it is often easier to get closer to that sense of peace and oneness, including when you have little ones trying to crawl on you or on others.