Create your space - Class 1
Creating Space: a Routine
A little Meditation Group
Creating Space: A daily ritual place to create personal sacred space, a guide for families.
Note: In class we will have dried flowers and herbs to add to our mats. If your child has any allergies please let us know ahead of time
What is Sacred space?
Our focus is on learning that the self if sacred and creating a space to do that is the first class in our series.
We teach that the self is sacred and as such should have a space dedicated to exploring one's inner worlds. We teach that the definition of what's sacred is as individual as a fingerprint. Yet unlike a fingerprint, our personal ideas and expression of what is sacred can evolve and change over time. When we use the word sacred we do not mean religious. The only “power” we are looking to explore is our internal worlds and how we can separate our own inner light from the world around us.
Meditation is about drawing yourself inward and getting closer to what is in your heart. Creating a routine or daily ritual with our space wires our brains for smooth thought and our hearts for anchored emotions.
When creating a foundation and an understanding of how to create and hold space for children its important to have family involvement. Especially in the beginning of this practice, instilling regular family time in a special place will deepen intimacy and increase bonding with your child. It will also give your child the confidence that they need to continue their meditation practice on their own moving forward.
Concepts your child will learn about creating space
Your space and your time to feel good
How to self sooth and reach a place of emotional comfort Stillness
Instilling feelings of safety
What it means to be anchored emotionally
Learning the value of silence - (eventually with practice)
Where to set up in your home
We may have difficulty finding stillness in an area of our home associated with activity and energy.
Finding a place to put our meditation space is an open reminder of our intention to practice stillness. The out of site out of mind adage is very real when working with where to start our meditation practice at home. As a rule, it’s easier to quiet our minds in a special space dedicated to meditation.
The space doesn’t have be large, it can be a corner, garden, back yard, small place in their bedroom.
Decorate the space: images, scents, music (background), singing bowl, lights, etc.
You should associate this area of your home with stillness, a special place and time for you and your child to deepen awareness of their inner nature.
Define a reason for this space while you look together. Is it shared space with others (family time?), to create a serene feeling, seek inner calm and clarity. gain focus? Or all of the above.
Things to remember when teaching your kids about
It doesn’t have to take a long time. 5-10 minutes...3 minutes. Whatever you can get in is good enough. The key is consistency!
This space is your child's space.
Honor their heart's desires when picking what to do.
Trust their intuition and allow some leeway to show you where to put
their mat, allow them to pick from 2-3 suggestions on what to include in
your daily family ritual.
Play and see where it takes you! Below are some ideas that you can
implement with your child.
Do not use the meditation mat for a time out. We only use this space for rest, meditation, or quiet time. We want to create a place that your child instinctively wants to go.
How to use the mat at home:
Take a moment to think and jot down what you have that is meaningful in your child’s life. Choose what tastes, sounds, smells, looks and feels good to your child. If you feel your list is short, just ask them about what kinds of objects give them energy, inspire them or help them to calm themselves. (This can also be done on the mat as your first family session, you can call it “Things I Like”)
Ideas you can bring to your space:
explore personal mementos
go through old photos of happy times and/or loved ones
visual art that your child loves
stones, shells, trinkets that hold happy and special memories
plants and flowers - ones that kids can touch and smell
musical instruments, chimes, bells or favorite calming music
symbols of peace and love
Heat your bag in the microwave and have them hug it to keepthem warm (note: take the rice bag out of the sleeve your child made. If they happened to bring synthetic materials to make it, it could catch fire in the microwave)
The goal is to tie as many happy positive associations that you can to their meditation space. We want to create an automatic response in order to help make emotional and mental shifting as easy as possible.
Below are listed some great books that we recommend to help get you started with your family meditation practice. If you want to know more about any of them before you buy, we will have a copy of each for you take a look at when you pick your kids up.
A Handful of Quiet: This book teaches great meditation for kids and families using 4 pebbles. If you're looking for a really good place to start with helping yourself and your kids to understand the concept of “space” this is a good one to start with.
Sitting still like a frog: This book is a great primer for learning about adult participation in children meditation and how to start facilitating different meditation routines.
A little Meditation Group
I am yoga: This can be a fast and easy book to go through or you can take your time with it. Each page gives a pose and an affirmation to go through. It’s great for winding down at the end of the day or for random breathers through out the day.
Authored by:Natalie Shuler L.Ac MSOM
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