As I was reflecting on the topic of Mindfulness, I came across this wonderful quote by John Bradshaw:
“Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.”
I think this quote defines the very essence of mindfulness as it is nothing but a skill to celebrate the present moment through your senses, feelings and the mind. It is as though the now moment creates ripples in our whole being that wipes out the non-reality of the past and the future and makes it possible to generate, renew and create.
It seems to be an unreachable goal, but it is fascinating to know that children already have this skill of mindfulness. Just watch a child building their blocks, tasting their favourite ice cream, playing with a pet and you witness the celebration of the moment. Every moment is like a white paper ready to be filled with new experiences and a new version of the world.
It is very important to promote and enhance the technique of mindfulness especially in times of stress and anxiety. Mindfulness increases happiness, patience and acceptance.It helps the child to have a deeper sense of self awareness, manage their emotions positively and remain focused.
It is not only important but urgent to make sure that children possess mindfulness while they get caught up in the web of social media and gaming. Such addiction has led children to be alienated from the real world and the present moment. They find it stressful to balance their life and this is where we can mentor our kids to be able to cope with the present reality.
Here are some ways you can help your child to practice mindfulness.