I was reading Hen’s post today about being mindful by walking silently in the forest. It made me remember a time when it was just me and my dogs and this was possible. It made me wish I was able to try being more quiet and purposeful in my walking now but my kids have little appreciation and awareness for focussing this way. Of course. They are small and bursting with life and energy. One day they’ll be able harness their selves to appreciate the different depths of life.
This made me think about another posting, this time by Stacy talking about her singing bowls and how she uses them to help her stay mindful. I had immediately thought about how we use the singing bowls with our kids. We’ll put one of our kid’s bellies (or backs or outstretched hands or…) while laying down before bed and gong it. I notice they’re concentrating on the sound and feeling so much that they stay quiet and still. They’re just being in the moment.
I bought the book Baby Buddhas (not to be confused with Buddha Baby) back when my daughter was still an infant and after I read it, it sat on the shelf until she was about two. It’s a book for teaching meditation to children. I think I’m going to reread it when I’m finished my current read.
Lily has always enjoyed doing yoga with me and was serious when she was mindfully siting and I was mediating.
I’d like to continue doing yoga and short mediations on regular basis in the mornings. It’s been difficult to do when my husband isn’t home because my son thinks only to climb all over me and isn’t interested in participating. Hopefully one day he’ll have an interest!