Meditation Can Help Keep a Family Together

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( — August 21, 2015) — Having a family is a wonderful obligation that parents need to constantly work on. With the busy life of every family member, it reaches a point when everyone does not seem to interact with each other anymore. At this point, the father and mother must take a stand and find an activity that can keep the bond.

According to Dr. Gail Gross in her article “Tips for Making Meditation a Family Practice” published on Huffington Post, meditation is an opportunity for a family to have a calming and beneficial bonding time with their kids. In her helpful post, she has shared how you can patiently share to your toddler how meditation is done. It is not an easy task since kids tend to be playful and easily distracted. This is why she had some points where you may need to properly demonstrate what meditating is, play classical music to soothe and calm the children, and even accept that there will be some miss and hits as a part of the progress.

It is a perfect advice to do meditation with the entire family to keep everyone at the same circle and let the flow of relaxation and calmness flowing. It has bountiful benefits for every family member even the kids. Published on Kidspot, Australia’s family health resource site, it highlights the pros that kids can get from doing meditation. Some of these are relaxation, better focus, and boost on their health. Now these are just the best things that any parent wants their kids to experience right?

Once a family decides to adopt the meditation activity, the struggle is on how you can let your kids understand its importance. Not all children will be interested to just sit down on a certain space, close their eyes, and be silent for some minutes.

Kerry Lee MacLean, author of several meditation books and founder of the Family Meditation movement, shared how she manages to show children what meditation is all about. As quoted from her article, Kerry shared how tough it can be to explain this activity to toddlers.

“For the first few years of leading the Shambhala Rites of Passage (a coming-of-age program for children), I had the uncomfortable feeling while trying to teach 8-year-olds sitting meditation that I was flying right over their heads. Their eyes glazed over as I babbled on about “breath,” “mind” and “thoughts.””

Still Kerry was able to find the right method on how kids will see the importance of meditation in the form of filling soil on a jar that represents every worry a child may have. Then, colored sparkles were added to clear up the dirt and show how a peaceful mind can bring joy to a kid.

Starting the meditation process is an activity that requires both parents’ attention and time. It’s a mutual activity that will require the married couple’s support so they can encourage their kids to participate. As shared by Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer Rozanna Velen, families require a certain bonding that will bring peace to one another to avoid great conflicts.

It is not unusual nowadays to find couples breaking up and ending their marriage. Such painful happenings have a large bearing on the children which parents do not want them to go through. Then again, this can be avoided if in the beginning itself, there is a special moment that every family member share. A sense of belongingness and acceptance in the family is what matters most. This is what meditation can bring. It can save relationships, build better connection, and fill each person the peace they need that daily stress has brought.