This morning as I found myself singing in the shower I suddenly realised that I felt glad to be alive and excited about the day ahead. What had changed? Well I certainly was not miserable before but may be you know what it is like when there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day and you find yourself rushing from one thing to another? I really do not enjoy living life at that pace! And in all my rushing I had managed to gain 20 minutes each morning by not meditating, however as a result I think I had started to over think everything and worry about anything. Now after 4 days of meditating first thing in the morning I suddenly feel a lot brighter, calmer and truly joyful. It is a great feeling.
Meditation is something I have introduced to many of the teenagers that I have worked with and you may be surprised to hear that they love it. I do not expect them to sit and clear their minds without a little help of course so I start with a guided meditation that takes them to a magnificent oak tree that is stood in beautiful place where the sun is shining and children can be heard laughing as they play. There is a bench in front of the oak tree and during the meditation the teenagers are invited to sit on the bench with their back leaning against the tree. This is a safe place that we create where the teenager feels loved and supported and heard. I wont continue through the meditation with you now but hopefully you get the idea. I have had many great reactions from the teenagers as they come out of the meditation but the best was when one teenager just opened her eyes and kept saying “Wow” over and over again. It made my heart sing.
I know some people are wary of meditation but it is simply an exercise in giving the mind a rest and there are so many benefits. Some of the benefits for teenagers are:-
- reduced stress levels
- a new sense of calm
- better attendance levels at school
- more attentiveness during lessons
- improved grades
- more self control
- more respect for others
- better sleeping patterns
These are just a few of the benefits. Teenagers are under a great deal of pressure in the high tech, high expectation, instant access world that we now live in. Meditation is something they can use in any situation to create a moment of calm so it is no wonder really that they respond to it so well.
So Parents how are you feeling about Meditation? I promise it is no longer a ‘new age’ thing. It is simple, quick and free and it has huge benefit to us all. Are you open to a small challenge? Try it yourself for a week. You do not have to meditate for as long as 20 mins, start with just 2 or 3 minutes focusing on your breath or may be listen to a guided meditation. See how you feel after one week and if like me you find yourself singing in the shower and getting excited about your day then introduce meditation to your Teenagers and watch the miracle as you experience more peace and harmony in your home.