Envisioned in my head–
My kids and I share a beautiful meditation about gratitude and love. We hold hands, talk to each other about how each of us have gifts that are uniquely ours. How we can use these gifts to energize the universe and help others. At the end of the meditation, we breath, OM and state what we are grateful for in that moment. Deep things, like beauty in nature, past souls within us… that kind of stuff. We hug and then go on with our day feeling closer and good.
I bribe the kids with a snack to sit down with me. We DO hold hands, but I am instantly aware of the stickiness. We talk about our Super Powers (compromises were made on the verbage) and after a terrifyingly loud and long OM, their responses to what they are thankful for is Elliot’s “new remote control truck” and “that the dogs are still alive even though they are SO old and eat their poop”. They run off to play after a hug, and I feel like I need to meditate with a glass of wine.
Mindfulness in a family is hard to maintain when in the thick of increasingly busy schedules and their seeming unwillingness. Is it still meaningful? Yes. If everyday, we take a moment to notice the changing of the leaves, to think about what we are grateful for, to stop and breath… it becomes habit. One minute, a moment, Yes!
My expectations need to bend sometimes and that is okay. The result that I am hoping for looks different everyday. Some days we will snuggle and have deep conversation and others with will just meet eyes and smile.
A half hour after the above meditation attempt, June came up to me, gave me a hug and said that she was “thankful to have you as my mom too” and she was off again!
That moment was like the sweetest Savasana!
My current schedule at Yoga Garden is:
Yoga Garden Playdate– Tuesday 9-9:45am
for moms and their little ones ages 0-3
Yoga Garden Kids Club– Thursday 4:30-5:15 and Saturday 10:30-11:15am
for kids ages 6-9, taught in 5 week sessions-registration required
Mixed Level Vinyasa– Saturday 8-9am
all levels welcome
Slow Flow– Saturday 9:15-10:30am
all levels welcome