We all know through research and probably experience that meditation is a good thing. It’s true that meditation helps children to feel better, know better and do better. That’s because meditators are in touch with their best self. If we’ve neglected to stay in touch with that part of ourselves, then how can we introduce that self to others? When access to our best self is as close as our next inhalation and expressing our best self is as easy as the next exhalation, then showing up to school, tests, parties, conversations, and even to do your chores as your best self feels natural. If your best self feels like a stranger, this meditation will help you tune in to your goodness and integrate that energy into your being. This powerful mantra, mudra and meditation practice prepares children, so when it’s time to show up as their most grounded and elevated self, they can bring it!
Touch thumb to pinky and say One
Thumb to ring finger and say Two
Thumb to middle finger and say Three
Thumb to index finger and say Four
Keep repeating the hand positions (mudra) with each set of words (mantra).
Touching the thumb to each finger creates a specific mudra that stimulates the brain and calms the nervous system.
When we repeat words or sounds, they become our Mantra. Repeating a mantra is a very effective way to direct the mind.
Either hold this mantra (thumb and index finger touching) for several deep breaths or…
Touch thumb to pinky finger. Breathe in, Breathe out.
Touch thumb to ring finger. Breathe in, Breathe out.
Touch thumb to middle finger. Breathe in, Breathe out.
Touch thumb to first finger. Breathe in, Breathe out.
Show thumbs up. Breathe in, Breathe out.
Repeat as many times as needed to result in a balanced body, a peaceful heart, a settled mind and an uplifted spirit.
Variation – Practice saying the words aloud, then in a whisper, then only in your mind, then return to a whisper, and finally once again aloud. Remember to practice the five deep breaths before repeating the mantras.
The words associated with the numbers represent each chakra.
First Chakra- Ground your foundation and steady yourself
Second Chakra – Feel your emotions and honor yourself
Third Chakra – Charge your power and express yourself
Fourth Chakra – Explore your heart’s desires and guide yourself
Fifth Chakra – Truth in what you speak and tell yourself
Sixth Chakra – Wit is inner wisdom and your intuitive, intelligent self
Seventh Chakra – Now exist in the present moment and know yourself
Eighth Chakra – Meditate and all of the chakras align with your best self
Meditate before and after this asana practice for even greater grounding and elevation.
Do Your Chores (both directions)
Cat Scratch Fever
No Whining & Because I Said So (both on one side, then the other)
Down Dog, Straight Leg Lunge, Bring It On (both on one side, then the other)
Serious Crow Playful
Bubble Gum Breath
Baby Got Back
Just A Sip (stay on back)
Do The Twist
Rock and Roll (side to side)