Everyday I try to take time to notice. I look for moments of beauty that catch my eye. Sometimes they are exquisit moments of grandeur…of God’s artistry across the sky. But more often than not, they are the simple everyday moments that mean the most to me.
Mindfulness is very appropriate to use with your child(ren). When practicing mindfulness with children it is important to begin by sharing your thoughts out loud. You are their model. They will do and say what they hear you doing and saying. For young children it is easier for them to practice mindfulness about an object they can touch and hold. Older children and adults could practice mindfulness about a photo, such as the one above. Chose the one that works best for you.
- Spend a moment just breathing. Tell your child to take 3 deep slow breaths.
- Tell your child to just think for a moment about this object or scene. To really notice its shape …, its color…, its texture…., its smell…., perhaps its taste….
- Then describe together the object simply and out loud. For this photo you might say, it’s round, and blue, and has lots of little lines.
- Discuss the object and it’s origins. Was it nourished by the sun and the rain and the earth? Was it created and molded by people before it came to you?
- Connect with this object and all the hands that touched it on it’s way to you. Feel compassion for those and at one with this bountiful earth.
- Pay attention to how you are feeling about this object. Ask your child why they noticed this item today?
- As you look at your object, you may want to smile at your object and say a little thank you.
- Stay with that feeling of well-being, and peace for a while. Take 3 more deep, slow breaths
- When you’re ready, bring your attention back to this time and place, still feeling very good.
It only takes a few minutes in the spiritual practice of noticing to connect with our world, while opening our selves up to feelings of peace. When you take time to notice, you will be amazed at how many peace filled moments touch your day. Moments where you feel connected, compassionate, unified and peaceful. What a gift to share with our children!