Whether you call it a mindful moment or a deep breath of love, children who practice meditation are learning skills to better weather both small and great emotional upheavals.
Here my 5 year old son is giving a lesson to his 3 year old sister on how to take a deep breath of love in order to calm down. He learned this practice at his Montessori school.
Here is the mantra: I sit down crisscross applesauce. I make my back straight. I put my hands on my knees. I tell me voice to be quiet. I close my eyes. And I take a deep breath of love. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
At my 8 year old daughter’s elementary school, they practice mindful moments in transition periods to collect both their bodies and minds before moving from one activity to another. Along with their social emotional toolkit which includes a breathing tool and a quiet safe place tool among other tools, she is also learning how meditation strengthens self-control.
We have incorporated not only the vocabulary of the deep breath of love exercise and the mindful moment tool into our children’s lives, I often find myself using these practices myself in order to regain my composure, to calm down in stressful situations.
You are never too young or too old to practice mindfulness.