Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Create a Meditation for Kids in 10 Easy Steps


1.  Decide on a place to go during the meditation.  It can be an imaginary place or a real place. 

2.  Include as many interesting descriptions as you can about this place so that the meditating child can feel like he or she is really there. 

3.  Include all of the senses in the meditation.  Feel free to go beyond the five senses and include extra senses (anything is possible in meditation). The more sensory descriptions that are included, the higher the quality of imagery your meditation will have, so be very descriptive.

4.  Create one or more parts of the meditation for the meditating child to fill in with his or her imagination.  Give the general guidelines, but let the child fill in the details with his or her imagination.

5.  Write the meditation in second person and use present tense.  Everything is happening to the child who is meditating and everything is happening now.

6.  Keep it  all positive.  Don't include anything scary or awful.

7.  Read the meditation aloud and edit for content, grammar and spelling and make any corrections that are needed.  Make sure that it flows smoothly and gently.  

8.  Locate some relaxing music (no vocals or lyrics) or nature sounds to play quietly during the meditation. 

9.  Decide upon a relaxing location for the child to meditate.  Ask him or her to lie down, breathe in and out deeply and relax.

10.  Start the music and read the meditation that you have written.  

Here are some examples:

Including all of the senses
As you breathe in the ocean waves and breathe out to let them roll back into the vast, blue -green ocean, turn your thoughts to the beach.   The sand is the color of brown sugar and you can feel it squishing between your toes. As you breathe in again, the smell of the salty air makes you feel calm and relaxed.  You can hear the seagulls sing their ocean songs as you become more and more relaxed.

Creating one or more parts of the meditation to be filled in by the meditating child
Then your meditation guide appears.  What does he or she look like? 
Is it a person? 
An angel? 
An animal? 
Make sure to take a picture of your meditation guide with your third eye so that you can remember him or her later.
Your meditation guide has come to give you a special gift.  He or she reaches into a velvet pouch and pulls out something that fills your heart with joy. 
What is it?  Make sure to take picture of it with your third eye so that you can remember what it looks like.

Using second person and present tense
As you walk along the beach, you notice a cave in the distance.  You decide to go in to see what’s inside.

Keeping it positive
So take your thoughts there, the cave isn’t dark because the sun is shining through small holes in the ceiling.  You can see everything.











Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Children and Reiki


I have personally seen Reiki help children in tremendous ways over the past eleven years since I have been a Reiki Master/Teacher.  It has soothed scraped knees, provided relaxation during an asthma attack and taken the pain away from an ear infection.  Everyone in my family has seen the same benefits that I have witnessed, including all of our cats.

The image above is my youngest son after ear tube surgery.  I gave him Reiki before, during and after the surgery.  This is how he looked in the recovery room.  Peaceful, calm and angelic.  He was awake in this picture, just "resting his eyes" he said.  The nurses were completely in love with him and could not remember a time when I child woke up so calmly after a surgery.  They were astounded that he was so at ease, without an ounce of anxiety or fear.  When he went back to his ENT for his follow up seven weeks later, she still remembered his demeanor and the loving effect that he had on all of the doctors and nurses who worked with him that day.

This is Reiki and this is what I want for all children.

Reiki is becoming more common in hospitals across the nation and my hope is that it will become more common on playgrounds across the nation as well.  That is why both of my children are Reiki practitioners and why I teach Reiki to children at Soul Centered Kids.  Imagine a day when children heal each other on the playground instead of bullying each other.  Imagine those children growing up to be teens and adults with their own children who learn Reiki from birth.  And the circle goes on and on. This is my vision.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gratitude for Kids


Kids love to learn about gratitude!  They are mostly grateful for family, friends, their homes, their moms and dads, but they are also grateful for love and being able to share special moments with loved ones.

In Magical Journeys, meditation students learn that the more grateful they are, the happier they become.  They also learn that being grateful makes them healthier.  Most of all, they learn that being grateful is the same thing as being thankful and it isn't just for Thanksgiving day.

After reading a wonderful story about gratitude, the students in Magical Journeys practiced a meditation in which they said thank you with their hearts for all the people, animals and things that they are grateful for...then they made gratitude bracelets (shown above).  While selecting each bead and making their bracelets, each student reflected upon gratitude and learned that they can let each bead represent something or someone that they are grateful for and use it practice gratitude at home.

Some suggestions for practicing gratitude with you family include:

  • Keep a gratitude journal 
  • Think of five things to be grateful for each day and share them with each other
  • Make it a game:  See who can come up with the most things to be grateful for
  • Read the book  "The Secret of Saying Thanks" by Douglas Wood
  • When faced with a negative situation, work together to find something to be grateful for




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Seeds of Loving Kindness


The students in Magical Journeys learn about compassion and loving kindness.  They learn that everyone and everything are all connected and that having compassion is a part of being mindful.  They also learn that they can spread loving kindness to others through meditation...


The meditation students in Magical Journeys practice compassion and loving kindness by dropping seeds of love, joy, peace and hope all over the Earth.  These beautiful masterpieces were created by our meditation students after taking part in a meditation that guided them on a journey around the Earth as a dove that drops seeds of loving kindness onto each continent.


Below is a free copy of the Seeds of Loving Kindness meditation.  This is one of the many meditations used in Magical Journeys at Soul Centered Kids.  This meditation is easily adapted to many different situations. The destinations don't have to be continents, they can be cities or states, countries and/or planets etc and it is a wonderful tool for sending loving kindness and compassion during times of global strife and natural disasters.  


Seeds of Loving Kindness Meditation

by Tracey Lenac


Relax your toes on your right foot.
Relax your toes on your left foot.
Relax your right leg.
Relax your left leg.
Relax your tummy and your chest.
Breathe in with the ocean waves.
Breathe out and let the waves crash to the shore.
Relax your fingers on your right hand.
Relax the fingers on your left hand.
Relax your right arm.
Relax your left arm.
Relax your neck and your face.
You are relaxed and light as a feather…

Now look at yourself in your third eye. This is the spot in your forehead between your eyebrows.

See yourself as a dove.
Doves are usually white, but you can be any color that you want.
 
Now, all you have to do is fill your heart with love and this will lift you up into the sky. 

So just imagine your heart filling up with love like bubbles filling up a bubble bath…as you float up to the sky and begin flapping your wings.

As we all fly together above the Earth, our wings hold the seeds of the love, joy, peace and hop for ourselves, all the people, plants and animals on the Earth and for the Universe. 

With each flap of our wings, we drop these seeds of love, joy, peace and hope to the Earth below us.  These seeds look just like glitter falling from the sky. 

Let’s fly around for a while and practice seeing these glittery seeds falling down from our wings. 

What color are your seeds?  Maybe each of the four gifts of loving kindness are different colors of glittery seeds or maybe they all rain down as the same color…


 When you’re ready, let’s fly east to Europe.  As we fly over Europe, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy…

Now Peace…

And now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see red roses grow.  Remember red is the first color of the rainbow.  There are seven colors and seven continents…

Imagine the people, plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness.  Their heart smiles and they feel strong and more loving and so do you.
  
Now, let’s fly South from Europe to Africa.  As we fly over Africa, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy…

Now Peace…

And now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see orange tulips grow. 

Imagine the people, plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness.  Their heart smiles and they feel happy and more loving and so do you.

 Now let’s fly East from Africa to Asia.  As we fly over Asia, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy…

Now Peace…

And now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see yellow sunflowers grow. 

Imagine the people, plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness. Their heart smiles and they feel confident and more loving and so do you.

 Now we are going to fly South to Australia.  As we fly over Australia, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy…

Now Peace…
And now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see green leafy vines grow.

Imagine the people, plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness.  Their heart smiles and they feel peaceful and more loving and so do you.

      Now we are going to fly South again…to Antarctica.  As we fly over Antarctica, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy…

Now Peace…

Now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see Blue daisies grow.

Imagine the plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness.  Their heart smiles and they feel warm and more loving and so do you.

Now let’s fly North to South America.  As we fly over South America, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy

Now Peace…

Now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see Indigo wildflowers grow.

Imagine the people, plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness.  Their heart smiles and they feel wise and more loving and so do you.

7.  Now let’s fly back home to North America.  As we fly over North America, drop your seeds of Love…

Drop your seeds of joy…

Now Peace…

Now drop your seeds of Hope.

Sprinkle them over the entire land until you see tall violet flowers grow that reach up to the sky. 

Imagine the people, plants and animals receiving your gifts of loving kindness.  Their heart smiles and they feel more connected to everyone and everything and so do you. They feel more loving and so do you.


Now, it’s time to find a beautiful tree to fly into and rest your wings.  This can be any kind of tree that you want it to be.  Fly into it and rest on a branch.  When you feel rested, you can open your eyes.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Peacefully Positive


Positive affirmations are a big part of the Magical Journeys class at Soul Centered Kids.  Each week, we practice a positive affirmation chant that lifts our spirits and strengthens our energy in preparation for meditation.

At some point during the 8 week session, we focus an entire class on Positive Affirmations.  The photo above shows the stones that we turned into positive affirmation stones.  Then we used these stones as a focal point for deep, mindful breathing exercises before a Positive Affirmation meditation.


A meditation student in Magical Journeys listed her favorite Positive Affirmations and decorated them with beautiful jewels and glitter (shown above)...

I am peaceful.
I am sweet.
I am fun.
I am lovely.
I am perfect.
I believe in myself.
I can control my world.
I easily make friends.
I can make a difference in the world.

I AM ME.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Learning Mindfulness

An important aspect of Magical Journeys (meditation class for kids) is learning about mindfulness.  At first glance, the concept of mindfulness seems complicated and abstract, but there are some very creative ways to teach mindfulness to children that helps them understand and apply mindfulness to meditation and their every day lives.  

One way to teach mindfulness to children is by using the ideas presented by Thich Nhat Hanh in his books Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and  A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles.  The following images are the drawings made by students as a part of a "Drawing Meditation" (adapted from the "Drawing Meditation" found in the above stated books) used to teach mindfulness in the most recent Magical Journeys class.  Students focused their minds on four things that represent qualities within themselves:  Flower, Mountain, Lake and Space.  

Breathe in - Flower        Breathe out - Fresh



Breathe in - Mountain          Breathe out - Solid



Breathe in - Lake      Breathe out - Calm



Breathe in - Space      Breathe out - Free


For more information about teaching mindfulness to kids, go to the Mindful Kids wordpress site.  Here you will also find resources for a "Pebble Meditation" using Flower, Mountain, Lake and Space which also incorporates the "Drawing Meditation".

Soul Centered Kids offers meditation, Reiki and intuitive development classes for kids.  Animal communication and super conscious dreaming classes are also in process of being developed and will be available soon!  Go to Soul Centered Kids to read full descriptions of all the classes that nurture the inner wisdom of children and guide them on their soul centered paths to enlightenment.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kid Created Chakra Art

As a part of Magical Journeys (meditation class for kids), children learn about chakras, participate in a chakra meditation, then create art that showcases their understanding of chakras.  Below are some beautiful examples of kid created chakra art from the most recent Magical Journeys class at Soul Centered Kids.