August 10th, 2016
I like to meditate. I've always been attracted to spirituality. Training to be a yoga teacher enhanced my desire.
The June 15, 2016 issue of TIME magazine wrote, "A new study found that while most people pick up the practice for exercise or stress relief, many people say they keep it up for the spirituality." The exact sentiment was repeated again in the July 4, 2016 issue (page 18.)
I would even meditate for two minutes in the wee hours of the morning before I went to work at KHON2. It would be 3:30 a.m. and I would stand outside by my car and look at the night sky, visualizing a positive outcome to the day.
It grounds and centers me. Now that I'm housewifing it again, I have more time to do it for longer than two minutes.
In times of devastating stress, I've relied on spirituality to carry me. Sometimes, I only had myself to lean on, and that had to be enough. You have to be your own resource.
I've always felt teaching this to my daughter would be a good tool for her toolbox. She's old enough to start. Understanding that she's nine and her attention span will be short, I am keeping it to two minutes for now.
On the first day, I prefaced, "Let's do something new together. I'm going to teach you to meditate. It's going to feel boring now but it will help you when you are grown up. If you're stressed out it will help you feel better."
"But I can just come home and talk to you about it," she countered.
"Well, if Mommy's not there," I clarified.
"Then I'd just come home and hug Inca," she revised.
I love that kids think today is forever. I kind of wish some parts of it would be, like this.
There's a lot of different ways to meditate, but all of them share the common idea that you calm your mind and not think about your To Do list or how you're going to solve some problem.
I told her to think about a nice color and try to feel how that color makes her feel. We sit on yoga mats and stretch a little first (yoga's purpose is to prepare the body for meditation, so with Olivia, I do a very abbreviated version.)
Then we take three deep breaths and I set the timer. I enjoy it. Olivia is fidgety, but she tolerates it for me.
I like doing this with her, and I really hope in the long, long run she'll embrace it and learn to benefit from it as I have.