With gentle practice
Are becoming cloud creatures
that shape shift
I have a new thing. Meditation. I really love it. Among the benefits I find it helps me to get into a good headspace for writing when I feel a bit disconnected.
I discovered meditation by accident. Oscar has started school this year and he’s getting really tired but still has trouble going to sleep on time – so we started meditating together most days after school or before bed as a nice way of settling down after a busy day. (Meditation was a regular part of his kinder program last year so I guess that’s where the inspiration came from).
We use a free web and app-based program called Smiling Mind, a wonderful resource teaching mindfulness meditation to children and young people. I recommend the Smiling Mind children’s meditations as they are calming and imaginative as well as easy and fun for children to follow. The meditation programs are tailored for different age groups and although age 7-11 is the youngest category, even my nearly-three-year-old enjoys joining in.
Through meditating with my children I discovered that my mind is crazy busy and doesn’t want to be still for more than a few seconds. I also discovered that the same old nuisance thoughts want to penetrate again and again! I noticed that in spite of the intrusive thoughts I felt calmer and more energised after I had finished meditating. The positive experience of meditating with my children encouraged me to try some meditation for grownups using various free apps to help me learn.
A few minutes of meditation is like a magic tonic when I feel too tired or distracted to create. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this amazing energy and clarity booster all my life! I’m still a total novice but I’m going to keep exploring meditation and will let you know where the journey takes me…