Meditation works for me. It grounds me. It offers me perspective. But I find it a challenge to convince my daughter that it is a good thing for her too when all she sees me doing is sit still.
Occasionally, she will come and ‘join in’ on my lap for a bit. That is usually when she is tired or in need of some comfort. Not when she is all hyped up or her mind is going a million miles an hour.
This is why I have introduced her to the concept of mandalas. In Tibetan Buddhism, a mandala is a fleeting visual representation of the Universe. Tibetan monks will spend days building a festival mandala and at the end of the festival, the mandala is swept away.
Whenever we find ourselves in nature, be it in the countryside or a London public garden, we will gather petals, leaves, seeds, etc. And then I will encourage her to mindfully construct a nature mandala, right there and then. And when she decides it’s finished, we leave it there for others to find or for the wind to carry away.
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