From Nightmares to Sweet Dreams

A couple of weeks ago, my eldest son, who is 11, went for a sleepover at a friend’s house. At midnight, he phoned asking to come home.  This is very unusual for him, as he is very independent. My husband went to pick him up, and when they got home, he was completely freaked out (his words), and ended up sleeping rather restlessly in my bed the rest of the night.

The next night, he did not want to go to sleep at all. He was still too freaked.  He finally told me that there was another boy at the sleepover, and he had been talking about zombies, which is the one monster that really scares him.  And he couldn’t get past it whenever he closed his eyes.

After talking to him, and giving him all sorts of tools to try, I finally suggested that he listen to one of my meditations.  I started him with Protection Shield, to help him keep the bad energies out.  It helped him a little bit, but he was still scared.

He asked to listen to another one, so I had him listen to Meeting Your Spirit Guides, so that he could know that he is not alone.  So he could feel the comfort of his guardian angels surrounding him with their love and light.  By the end of the meditation, he was smiling.  I asked him how he was feeling, and he said he was much better.

“Can I listen to one more, though?”  He had my iPhone, that has all my guided meditations on it, and he wanted to listen to Playing With Fairies.  He was sitting next to me as I journalled, and I saw him totally relax, and the smile on his face got bigger and bigger.  After that, he was finally able to go to sleep.Cottingley Fairies

A few nights later, all three boys were arguing about what music (or no music) to listen to before bed.  The eldest asked if they could listen to Playing With Fairies.  They all agreed (finally!) and listened quietly to the whole meditation.  A little while later, the youngest walked down the hall and asked me, “Do you have one about dragons?”

I guess I know what my next meditation is going to be about!

Blessings,

Mary

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Sometimes I wonder if my positive habits are rubbing off on my children.  My husband snapped this pic of my 4 year old on the playground:

Meditating on the Playground

Meditating on the Playground

Aang Meditating

Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Ok, so maybe the pose on the playground has more to do with Aang from the cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender, than it has to do with watching me.

However, a couple of weeks ago, he woke up while I was writing in my journal, and he came to sit on my lap.  He snuggled down, and when I said I was going to meditate he said he would too.  After we were done, he chimed in, “Meditating and snuggling…that’s the best!”

I guess I am rubbing off!

Blessings,

Mary

PS. Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in Canada!

Meditation and Relaxation for Children

Having three very active boys of my own, I know how challenging it can be to get them to lay still for ten seconds, let alone long enough learn to meditate! Keira Adams offers some useful tips in the following article:

Taking some time to collect your feelings before or after a full day of work or school is something most folks ought to do, yet often don’t seem to be able to manage. Practicing some guidelines for meditation and relaxation will help you to organize your thoughts at work and school, and once you enjoy the advantages of meditation, you may wish to teach them to your kids. Here are several of the most effective means to visually explain meditation and relaxation in a way that your kids will be able to follow.

Continue to Keira’s article…

Blessings,

Mary

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