We expect a lot out of our children. In addition to a busy school and home life, we cram their schedules with extracurricular activities.
This comes from a place of love - we want them to have a memorable childhood full of rich experience and variety, and become well-rounded and productive adults.
Of course, cramming their schedules means cramming our schedules as well! We don’t really mind, though, because we love our kids and want the best for them.
We do everything we can to ensure their future success, because that’s our job as parents. Right? A little sacrifice in the areas of sleep and sanity for the sake of our children's happiness and future prospects? Consider it done!
We teach them that they can be anything they want to be - the sky is the limit! All they need to do is put their minds to it and work hard.
But, what else are we teaching?
- We're teaching our children that empty slots on the calendar equal opportunity, instead of time for relaxation or reflection.
- We're teaching them to set their expectations just as high as their hopes, so there's little wiggle room for variables or surprises.
- We often give the impression (intentionally or not) that there is no "good enough" - everything needs to be bigger, better, more.
Instead of living in - and enjoying - the present moment, we're teaching our children to constantly think about what they are going to do next. Or, what they could have done better.
They learn from us. And, as Tolle says, the human condition is "lost in thought." As adults, it's rare we are fully focused on the task at hand - our attention wanders into the past and future, and distracted becomes our default mode.
When we’re lost in thought, we lose awareness of everything around us. We give our minds free reign to run amok, and blindly follow them wherever they lead.
But our minds are obsessive, compulsive, and judgmental, so this is a dangerous thing to do! Even more so for our children.
It's a threat to their physical health and mental well-being, and needs to be addressed. We have to show them how to manage their relationship with their minds so they can lead happy, fruitful lives.
You can do this by teaching your children to cultivate:
> awareness (A),
> resiliency (R), and
> connection (C).
All three of are achieved through mindfulness.
We can help you bring mindfulness into your child’s life by teaching them about these concepts, and how to develop a consistent meditation practice. If they make it a daily habit, it will improve every aspect of their being: from their happiness at home and performance at school, to their level of self-confidence and satisfaction in relationships.
Giving your child the gift of mindfulness is one of the most important things you can do to secure a happy and fulfilling future for them.
ARC helps you do just that.
Show your child that happiness, peace, and contentment aren’t something they need to find out there. Instead, it's right here and now.
- Preface: A call to action
- Course Instructions
- Introduction: How the brain works
- Awareness (A)
- Meditation Instructions
- Resilience (R)
- Connection (C)
- Final Words and Resources
- Appendix: Mindfulness Cues and Extras
List of exercises:
- A "handy" model of the brain
- Box breathing
- Body scan
- Jelly bean taste test
- Experiencing chocolate
- Past, present, future
- Mystery box
- Mindful drawing
- Mindful walking
- Stop, drop, and roll
- Name that emotion
- Connection web
- A letter of gratitude
- My three things (and gratitude journal)
Get "ARC: mindfulness for children" now.