This is a post out of the 31 Days of Morning Circles. You can find the main page for this series here.
Calm the mind and settle the soul with a short but powerful meditation in your morning circle.
After you have welcomed the morning, the sun, and the child(ren), take a few moments to breathe in the day. Don’t let the word “meditation” frighten you. You can think of it as a reflection or quiet time. I list some ways you can enjoy a brief moment even with the most easily distracted child.
A short meditation allows a child to:
- Build a deep connection with you
- Receive deep pressure input
- Ground their body, calm their mind and prepare for the day’s activities
Adaptations for meditations
- Keep the meditation short—especially when first getting started—then, increase the amount of time as the child is able to remain in that state for longer
- Meditations can be done sitting up, laying down on a mat, or even standing against a wall, if possible
- Use a weighted lap pad to help ground the child
- Don a blanket over the shoulders or legs to keep warm
Ideas for morning circle meditations to welcome the day
Select one of these ideas at a time, but test them all to see which the child responds to best.
- Ring a gentle bell to indicate the start of the meditation
- Listen to instrumental music or nature sounds
- Repeat mantra or sound (e.g.: humming)
- Listen to a song with reflective lyrics
- Tap rhythm sticks without speaking
- Keep eyes closed, if possible
- If possible, maintain silent eye contact with the child—even if just briefly
- Slowly but rhythmically tap a body part (e.g.: palm to the upper chest)
- Stand face-to-face holding hands without words
- Hold hands and sway without speaking
- Deep breathing (exaggerate the breath and see if the child can imitate)
- Set a timer and listen to it tick for one minute
- Shake a snow globe and watch the snow settle
- Recite a chant
- Diffuse or sniff lavender essential oil, if the child can handle scents well
How can you incorporate meditation into your morning circle?