Short on time?
You can still meditate with your kids
Often times, meditation sounds like a long, drawn out process. But it doesn’t have to be, especially when you’re meditating with your children. In fact, meditation can be fun.
This one certainly is!
This meditation is quick. I use this style when I think the children and I need some fresh air, but our schedule that day will only allow for limited time spent outside.
It also serves as a very effective way to help me gather the kids up after an afternoon in the park.
Outside in the yard or in a park or playground area.
Bubble solution and bubble wands, one for each person, including yourself.
Total meditation time is between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on how much time you have available. There are two parts to this meditation. The first part is longer and will take about two thirds of the time.
Prep your child:
There is no talking at the beginning of the mediation. Instruct your children ahead of time not to talk until you tell them to. They will joyfully blow bubbles during the silence, using this as an opportunity to think their own thoughts.
The Beauty of The Bubble Meditation
The novel aspect of this approach to meditation is the opportunity your kids will have to think their own thoughts in an unhurried way, while they are doing something slightly active, and while they are sharing the space with other people who are thinking their own thoughts, too.
Part One: Everybody’s Blowing Bubbles
Without talking, you will all blow bubbles.
You’ll watch bubbles.
You’ll pop bubbles.
You’ll laugh at the whole bubble-blowing enjoyment!
Then, still without talking, motion to your kids that it’s time to put their bubble wands down and recap all of the bubbles. Do this most effectively by starting with the recapping of your bottle first.
Important tip for the youngest bubble blower among you: allow your youngest child to blow bubbles the longest by being the last person to recap a bottle of bubbles. As one by one, you and the older children each close the lids on your bubble-blowing spree, your youngest will have seen the behavior modeled a few times before needing to act on it.
Still silent, gesture to your kids that it’s time to sit down. Model this for them by sitting down yourself.
Part Two: Finally, you’ll speak
Ask your children who would like to share just one thing that came to mind while they blew bubbles. If you are pressed for time, keep the shares to one item per person. Otherwise, listen to everything everyone has to say about the experience.
As is the case with all types of meditation with your children, there may be times when they will prefer not to share, and that’s ok, too. Anyone who declines to share is thanked for participating in the meditation. Then move on to the next person.
When everyone else has shared, wrap up the sharing portion of the meditation by offering your own “one thought.”
When it’s my turn to share, I typically choose to say something about what is next on the agenda. It serves as a good transition from time spent outside to the next item on our to-do list. This helps guide my kids seamlessly into the next activity of the day, which usually includes heading back inside or getting into the minivan.
The Bubble Blowing Meditation is just one in a series of meditation practices that help keep your kids calm. Check out other styles of meditation in related posts.