bringingupbuddhas

suburban adventures in bu-curious mothering

Tag: bedtime

oprah & deepak’s meditation experience

The current 21 day meditation experience offered by Oprah and Deepak is really excellent. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, I recommend doing so.

It’s not scripted for children, but I’ve been playing the meditations at bedtime for my three little ones and they respond to it. My 9 year old daughter seems to benefit most. She is a chronic night waker and since starting this she has slept soundly in her bed until 7:30am. Her latest feedback on Deepak, “Mommy, he is a wise man.” The dharma talks also inspire great questions like, “What’s abundance?” and, “How does the Universe work?”

Typically Oprah sells downloads of the meditations upon completion of the 21 days so you can purchase what you missed. Visit Oprah.com for details.

From mine to yours,
Vanessa

Bedtime Meditation for Children

My daughter is terrified of the dark.  I think it’s only natural that children are afraid.  Our souls come from a place of pure light.  When we are born on Earth and we experience the delusion of darkness for the first time as new human beings, it must feel very foreign and scary.  It doesn’t surprise me that most people feel vulnerable when the lights go out.  Darkness is unnatural because our source is one of beautiful, constant light.

I try my best to squash this fear of the dark in my own home.  So for my own small children, I often do a guided meditation for them at bedtime.  Instead of me telling them, “Don’t be scared,” or, “There’s nothing to worry about,” the meditation allows them to compose their own imagery that provides them with some serenity in the darkness.  Here’s what I say:

Relax your muscles and body parts from head to toe, feeling heavy and completely supported by the bed.  Picture yourself lying down in a safe and beautiful place.  [My oldest likes to lie in a soft grassy field and my second usually lies someplace silly like on top of a giant block of cheese.]  Clear your mind of any thoughts.  If a thought, scary or otherwise, pops up, send it away on butterfly’s back and watch the butterfly flutter up, up, up until you can’t see it anymore.  Your thoughts and worries are flying up to God and God will protect you and keep your worries tonight.  Now imagine a beautiful light above your head.  It’s glowing bright but it doesn’t hurt your eyes.  It’s shining on you and filling your body with warmth and love.  Hold onto this feeling while you fall asleep and know that you are a beautiful and treasured part of the Universe.  You are loving and bright and kind.  Mommy and Daddy love you so much.  Now go to sleep and dream about your favorite things.

Sometimes I let them hold crystals while they meditate and they imagine the light to be the color of their crystal.  Rose quartz is a favorite with my girls because it’s pink, but it also helps to calm fears and encourages self love.  The kids have such vivid imaginations – when they meditate they really feel the desired experience.

It takes a few minutes to get through but it works every single solitary time.  Better than books, I think.  This meditation is just something I do and have been successful with it.

From mine to yours,

Vanessa

Originally written on Feb 28, 2011 for my blog Everything Old is New Age Again

a beautiful “I AM” lullaby for children at bedtime

Yesterday I posted about using “I AM” statements at bedtime to create realities for ourselves and for our children.  A friend suggested an affirming lullaby.  She is an extraordinary poet so I asked if she’d write one and she did!  AND IT’S BLISS!!!!  As Harula says, “the tune is vaguely ‘borrowed’ from the Connemara Cradle Song, or you can make up your own.  Enjoy!”  With deep appreciation for Harula’s talent…

An ‘I am’ Lullaby by Harula Ladd

I am well in my body

I am kind in my heart

I am loved, I am loving

I’m a light in the dark

But the sun needs to rest now

And for now, so do I

In a blanket of love’s warmth

With a smile, close my eyes

I am filled with compassion

I am good with my deeds

I am happy and joyful

I am calm and at ease

But the day now is ending

And for now I must sleep

Giving thanks that I’m healthy

And my goodness runs deep

I’m creative, I’m worthy

And I’m honest and true

I am perfect, I’m human

And I know you are too

And this song is a river

To the ocean of sleep

Where I rest and am peaceful

And the dreams are all sweet

 

To read more of Harula’s beautiful work, visit:  wordsthatserve.wordpress.com.

From mine ours to yours,

Vanessa and Harula  😉

This is the lovely Harula:

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