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Walking Meditation for Kids: Doing It the Right Way

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“But mum, I’m bored. Can’t I just play on the X-box instead?” Yes, that’s what Jason, my son, always said before we’d go for our daily dose of a walking meditation. Until I realized that I was doing it all wrong. So, how do you introduce walking meditation for kids?

Meditation is a way of achieving mental clarity and emotional calmness through focusing the mind on a particular thought or activity. It dates back to India, as early as 1500BCE among the Buddhists. This tradition has now gained momentum among most cultures as the benefits have proven to be way too many.

Other Common Types of Meditation

Body scan or progressive relaxation

Guided Visualization

Mindfulness meditation

Breath awareness meditation

Kundalini yoga

Zen meditation

Metta meditation

Transcendental meditation

I prefer the walking meditation since it is easy to learn and apply with the little ones. Because the current generation has grown up hooked to gadgets and the Internet which have had adverse effects on them, we need to correct that. The ‘Television Nanny’ for instance has robbed kids of their innocence at such a young age. There is no better way to heal and correct this situation than introducing them to meditation.

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First and foremost, walking meditation for kids is one of the easiest forms that children can start with. Since walking is the main technique of achieving focus here, it should be easier for kids as young as 2 years to master. My little Jason picked it up after just two weeks of practice.

How to Perform Walking Meditation for Kids

This is best practiced in a quiet place free from any distractions to enhance mental calmness and emotional awareness. We do it in the park when traffic is minimal. It is easier for the kids to achieve calmness and harmony within a short span if well guided. And they also enjoy the cool breeze, vegetation, and everything else that nature has to offer. Encourage them to take off your footwear for optimum experience. Remember that the goal is to achieve calmness and total awareness.

Now take slow relaxed breaths together and help your young one do so. Our usual routine starts by momentarily closing our eyes and enjoying the air as we breathe. I then ask my boy how or what he is feeling at that moment.

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At the back of your mind try to answer the following question during this meditation period: “Is the child now aware of their immediate surrounding? Do they notice any calming effect?” And you can also ask them directly if they are old enough to understand.

Guide your loved one in making slow informed steps. Do not rush it. Step by step walk with them and teach them to feel the pressure on their feet. Does the child feel it? That is how you can tell for sure if you are in this together.

Moreover, children will live for the simple interesting things. Make the process fun. Jason and I sing Sponge Bob Squarepants’songs while at it. And he loves it. Kids are more likely attracted to fun activities. And if you could integrate a little fun into meditation then you sure will win over your little one.

A Gentle Reminder

With kids, you need to constantly check that the little one is alert and present in the moment. Take a ‘royal stroll’ with more slow steps and feel the inner you. What is the child feeling? Ask them. Can he/she feel as they lift their leg off the earth?

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Their attention naturally might wander off at times. But hey, do not scorn them. They are just kids. Monitor them and help them back to the present moment whether they have been away for ten minutes or just a second. Just like training a puppy. Well, except this puppy is your adorable sweet little angel. Do this for thirty to forty minutes. But after some time you can integrate this meditation into simple activities such as errands or your usual walk to the mall. If you make it fun the kid should find it easy doing it on their own.

Simple Meditation Techniques for Kids

So how then do you get your child to take onto meditation? It is not an easy task at first but once they pick it up then it should be a ride in the park. The following strategies did the trick for me:

  1. Keep it Simple. Philosophy is not a field any kid will venture into. At their age, they do not need to understand the complexities and modus operandi of meditation. I noticed that relating the walk with the simple surrounding improved focus.
  2. Curiosity. Kids are by far the most curious creatures. Frequently asking my son how he feels strengthens our bond and he is less bored.
  3. Do not compel them into it. Yes, let them be. My son was not into meditation initially but I realized that forcing him was not the best option but rather working together as a team. I stepped down to his level, just a little bit, and that worked for me.
  4. Make it a norm. We have made it a habit to meditate every Friday and Saturday evening. I was surprised that he still meditates even when I’m not around.
  5. Nature Watch. This is the beauty of it all. Ask them what they see. Visualize the experience. Not a minute passes without my boy asking me to name a certain bird or just random objects. “Mom look, that parrot is pecking at us.”
  6. Chant and sing. Recite mantras and sing their favorite play songs. This takes the monotony out of the whole walking meditation for kids.

Benefits of Walking Meditation for Kids

  1. Meditation helps reduce anxiety and hyperactivity among children. They are better equipped at dealing with stress and handling other situations in life. Studies have shown that children exposed to meditation at a prime age grow into healthier adults.
  2. Brain development. Meditation helps kids mature mentally and even their concentration span is increased. My son’s performance in class has steadily shot up and I have meditation to thank.
  3. Self-control. Meditation has an effect of turning kids into fully grown rational individuals. Chances of them making asinine decisions or actions for that matter are almost impossible.
  4. Self-esteem. Children attach a greater sense of self-worth and even associate more openly with their parents. We relate more closely with my son than we did before.
  5. Reduced panic disorder. Children who meditate are better equipped at handling whatever difficult situations they may face in life.
  6. Children who meditate handle pain better and also mentally strong thus decision making is no tall order for them.

In Conclusion

I started meditation with my boy when he was 6years and seeing the many perks I only wish I’d have started earlier. However, kids will not always respond positively to meditation at first but be sure to take them at a friendly pace and soon enough they will pick up. Walking meditation for kids is one of the simplest forms of meditation and if done properly the outcome won’t disappoint you.

Rachel is a mom of two boys, a wife, and a part-time chef. By trying and testing new parenting trends she takes her motherhood to the next level! She finds that she processes things better when she writes about them, which has unleashed her passion for sharing her thoughts on life and parenting through her articles for SOLANCHA Magazine.

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Crystal Meditation For Filling Yourself With Abundance Energy

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This Crystal meditation is a very powerful tool that I received from my spiritual teacher a long time ago. First of all, this meditation helps to purify your aura from the negative information accumulated during your life. And secondary, it fills up your aura with pure abundance energy. The key is to make your aura radiate abundance energy so that it can attract abundance and prosperity from the material world. The inner abundance attracts outer abundance but it never happens in reverse! So let’s focus on our inner light and inner abundance and practice this wonderful crystal meditation at least once a month and watch what miracles the Universe has already prepared for us!

Instructions For Your Crystal Meditation

1. Buy a beautiful crystal.

This crystal will symbolize the embodiment of your dreams.

For example:

  • green and yellow crystals symbolize money;
  • blue crystal symbolizes the fulfillment of your dreams and desires;
  • purple crystal symbolizes spiritual growth;
  • white crystal can symbolize all of the above.

Crystals should be cleansed in sea salt water and fumigated with incense. Only after that, it can be your assistant on your beautiful journey.

2. Put the crystal in front of your eyes.

Use the ray of light so that the crystal glows. It can be sunlight or electric light. Let your crystal become a symbol of the embodiment of all your desires and dreams for you.

3. Take three deep breaths.

Direct your unfocused view into the center of the crystal. Watch yourself, watch the life of the crystal. Feel how calm and pure the vibrations of your crystal are.

4. Try to mentally get inside the crystal.

Imagine that you have become small and are in the center of the crystal. Mentally ask the crystal energy to surround you, protect you, cleanse your aura and create a powerful shield of good luck, happiness and wealth around you. Feel how happy, lucky and wealthy you are. Feel confident that you will always be well.

5. Mentally exit from the crystal.

Imagine, that you place the crystal in three basic energy centers: Lower, Middle and Upper Dantian. These energy centers are located just below the navel area, at the level of the heart and at the level of the third eye.

Trust the crystal to saturate your energy field with radiance, beauty, and abundance. Imagine that you are gradually turning into a real jewel, that you illuminate the world with light and glow of shimmering glare.

6. Stay in this state for one to three minutes.

Try during the day to remember the feeling of unity with the crystal. Go back to this feeling again and again until you start feeling this abundance radiance all the time!

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Tantric Meditation: An Effortless Guide to Your Best Self

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What is Tantric Meditation?

Tantra is an assortment of spiritual practices that enable the performers to channel energies from the universe into themselves. It has its origin in two words: tanoti, which means to “extend” or “lengthen” and trayati, which means “setting free” or “deliverance.”

With a presence in a variety of religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, tantra has been used globally to achieve individual spiritual goals.

Tantric meditation is one of the various tantric practices that an individual can use to achieve purity of the body and soul.

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This high-powered meditation technique stirs up consciousness with the sole aim of releasing Shakti energy. As a fast and efficient way, it lifts the lid to a bottomless pit of potential. This could explain why it’s gradually becoming a part of people’s lifestyles.

Being energy based, tantric meditation is a practice that can be used to produce effects using forms of energy such as the power of kundalini, sound, images, colors, yantras, and mantras. Varying results are achieved this way but all point to the ultimate goal of forging ahead spiritually or personal development.

Simply said, it’s having different routes leading to a familiar place.

Getting More Practical

Are you excited already? Let’s get to the action part.

Tantric meditation can take various forms, and it doesn’t hurt to give each a try. The goal in each one of them is to carry you farther on your spiritual journey or personal development.

The Third Eye Meditation

This type of spine meditation allows the free circulation of energy along the spine by increasing heaven awareness without losing connection with the earth. The main aim is to enable sanctified power into the body by the opening the Crown Chakra (ceiling of the head) and Third Eye Chakra (middle of the forehead).

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The Steps

  • While seated comfortably as you feel your sit bones at the pelvic base, lengthen your spine as you inhale.
  • Picture your head being pulled towards the sky in a straight line.
  • Without changing your spine position, exhale while pushing your tailbone downwards, towards Earth.
  • Maintain your regular breathing pattern and make your chin parallel to the floor.
  • Proceed, move your tongue to the roof of your mouth, and visualize a bright ball sitting at the middle of your forehead (on your third eye).
  • Using your nose to inhale, spin the ball to the top of your head all the way to the tailbone via the spine. All along, recite the word “hung” in your mind.
  • Breathing out through your nose, let the ball barrel up the spine, over your head to your forehead (third eye). Now recite the word “Sau” in the process while inhaling.

“Sau” means “I am” which affirms your oneness with the earth and spiritual realm.

Practicing daily for as few as five minutes, you can build the momentum to over 15 minutes.

The Light Meditation

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On the other side, this technique focuses on light and borrows heavily from an ancient tantric custom called Nyasa. Imagination is your best tool here to ensure maximum benefits.

Throughout the process, you can physically touch a specific body part you are imagining or feel it using mental imagery.

The Steps

  • Sitting upright, immerse yourself fully in the present by focusing on your breathing motions and bodily sensations.
  • Visualize your left foot forged from a warm, golden light. Move to the right and perceive it filling with the brightness all the way from the sole to the toes.
  • Coupled with a matching breath, sense the left ankle then the right ankle.
  • In that order, imagine the light filling the left calf right to the bone then switch to the right calf.
  • Allowing the light to rise, let it brighten up the midriff in perfect harmony with your breath at this point chant, “My gut is made of light.”
  • Feel it rise from your lower spine brightening up the heart, lungs and rib cage. Harmonize it with your breath while whispering to your brain, “my chest is full of golden light.”
  • Slowly and smoothly, let it creep into your left arm all the way down to the fingertips, then the right arm.
  • With a matching breath, feel the golden light illuminate your face, get into your mouth and ear passages, then lighting up your brain.
  • Chant, “I am light”.
  • You can then inhale the bliss of light specks and let the light out by exhaling.

Why Tantric Meditation?

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Below are some of the benefits that you can derive from the above tantric meditation techniques.

  1. Emotional healing

Since these techniques incorporate imagination of color, movement of energy, and breathing, you ease tough emotions in the process. Emotional drain becomes a thing of the past, and you feel being more in control.

  1. Feeling energetic

There is an increased awareness to dormant energy within oneself and purification of the existing one. An added advantage is the increased ability to now be able to channel this energy for an intended purpose. This enhances your self-image, which has the ripple effect of improving your relationships.

  1. Heightened spirituality

You experience amplified spiritual awareness and the realization of your inner atman. With practice, you can reach the depths of your spirituality with negligible effort.

  1. Better memory

Your mental capacity is magnified with the added advantage of increased concentration and focus. This enhances your clarity while improving your memory.

  1. Enhanced physical well being

With time, you start feeling increased serenity within yourself, which enhances your immunity and consequently, better health.

  1. A feeling of empowerment

You are in better touch with the creative forces and an improved friendship with will power and determination.

With a proven track record and faster results, you cannot go wrong on this one. If you have a burning desire to discover your potential, tantric meditation is the road map to the hidden treasures of your mind.

Are you warmed up with your backpack ready for an adventure in the mystery world of your mind? Try tantric meditation today.

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Binaural Beats: Benefits And Harm For Your Health, Meditation And Work

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If you practice meditation, you have probably heard about binaural beats. This is a modern technology that allows you to enter into a meditative state. Unlike traditional methods, when using binaural stimulation,  immersion is quick and easy. The developers claim there is no need for long-term training of skills development or fightingt against extraneous thoughts and doubts about the correctness of the actions performed. This sounds so incredible! But can binaural beats really give us relaxation and quality rest? Or they can harm our bodies? In this article, you’ll find the answers to these questions.

What Are Binaural Beats?

Binaural beats is a brainwave synchronization technology. They exist only in the brain and are not really “rhythms” in the usual sense. The essence is as follows: each ear at the same time catches a little different sound, and the brain combines the frequencies into one, creating a “rhythm”. For example, the left ear catches 210 Hz, and the right ear — 200 Hz. In this case, the brain creates a “rhythm” frequency of 10 HZ — it is just right for the meditative state. If you need “to recharge your batteries” and focus on your work or sports, you need 16 Hz frequency.

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You should remember that binaural stimulation does not work without headphones. If you just play 2 different frequencies, they remain separate sounds. But only when they are fed in isolation to different ears, the brain begins to generate a new “sound” with a frequency equal to the difference between the frequencies of the sounds.

How Does It Work?

When the frequency is supplied continuously for 7 minutes, the frequency of the brain is synchronized with it. This is a natural reaction, which was known to ancient civilizations. They immersed the audience in a state of hypnosis with the help of rhythmic drumming. Now the same function is performed by rhythms that you can hear in Nightclubs. The difference is that the dance rhythms create the energetic state, and the binaural rhythms — the meditative state, that is, a person mentally and physically relaxes. Like modern club music, rhythmic drumming and melodies due to its hypnotic effect previously allowed a person to achieve a state close to trance.

Brain activity is determined by the frequency of waves – this is typical for all forms of energy, including sound and light.

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In a state of wakefulness and activity, the brain works on the Beta frequency. In meditation, it switches to lower frequencies – Alpha, Theta, DeltaBeta frequency is associated with stress, from which we all want to get rid of. Using binaural stimulation, it is possible to banish extraneous thoughts and to remove yourself from problems.

Theoretically, binaural beats change the brain’s electrochemical environment, which also causes changes in mind and consciousness. When, while maintaining brain awareness, it is simultaneously captured by the low frequencies, a unique state arises. Practitioners call it “the mind is awake, the body is asleep.” The presence of slightly higher frequencies in the brain can provoke an increase in suggestibility. How you perceive depends on the state of your consciousness. Some states narrow perception, others – expand it. Most often the states of consciousness change depending on the influence of constantly changing environment — both internal and external.

When using binaural beats a person can continuously meditate until the end of the recording. There is no need for additional effort to dive into this state.

Types Of Brain Oscillations

Binaural beats fluctuate in the brain with different frequencies.

Each phase of the waves refers to a different state of the body. There are 5 main binaural beats.

Gamma waves

Gamma binaural beats are the fastest fluctuations. They range from 30 to 170 Hz.

Gamma waves are associated with increased activity, emotional perception of the environment, moments of awareness of something, fear.

Beta waves

The frequency of beta waves varies between 14 and 42 Hz. This effect on the brain makes the body stay awake, wake up, focus.

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People use Beta waves to treat depression, poor selective attention, problems with remembering various information.

Alpha waves

The appearance of alpha waves begins when your eyes are closed and you are in a passive and relaxed state.

Bioelectrical oscillations slow down and there are bursts of alpha waves, the frequency of which varies in the range from 8 to 13 Hz.

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With the continuation of such relaxation, alpha waves begin to dominate the brain and you may experience a state of complete peace.

Theta waves

Theta waves occur during the transition from complete peace and tranquility to drowsiness. The oscillation frequency becomes moderate and more rhythmic, from 4 to 8 Hz.

Binaural beats of theta waves are accompanied by the appearance of visual images that can be taken from memories or fantasies. This is so-called dream-like images.

Theta state allows you to open access to the unconscious part of the mind, so at this moment various creative ideas, unexpected insights, new associations are born.

Delta waves

Delta waves dominate when you are falling asleep. Their frequency is less than 4 Hz.

Some people can be in the Delta state without losing awareness. This equates to a deep trance.

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When exposed to Delta waves, the brain releases a huge amount of growth hormone, and the body’s recovery and healing processes are enhanced.

Indications And Contraindications

People use binaural therapy to treat a variety of psychoemotional disorders.

For adults:

  • various phobias;
  • panic attack;
  • depressions;
  • neuroses;
  • insomnia;
  • neurological pathologies.

For children:

  • low level of learning capability;
  • speech disorder;
  • problems with concentration;
  • hyperactivity;
  • autism;
  • disorders of psychomotor development.

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But you have to remember that binaural therapy is completely prohibited for people suffering from:

  • epilepsy;
  • psychosis;
  • arrhythmia.

Binaural Beats Benefits

Synchronization of brain waves provides several effects:

  1. Mindfulness meditation is an opportunity to pay attention to your body, thoughts, the surrounding world, abstracting from extraneous thoughts.
  2. Synchronization of the brain hemispheres, so it begins to function fully. It improves intellectual ability and memory. This allows you to effectively solve problems and achieve your best performance during  work.
  3. Getting rid of stress and relaxation. Binaural beats help to stop worrying and clear the mind of negative thoughts. With daily meditation, the activity of areas of the brain associated with stress is reduced.
  4. Self-improvement. The frequencies of alpha and theta are responsible for the development of consciousness. This opens up opportunities to creatively visualize, learn to focus, control thoughts and emotions instead of letting them control you.
  5. Binaural stimulation allows you to normalize sleep, mood, appetite, get rid of headaches, quit bad habits. It also helps to improve sports performance, as it teaches to tune in to the result, to focus and free your head from stressful thoughts.

How To Use Binaural Beats?

All you need is a computer, smartphone or other gadgets, as well as headphones. You need to get comfortable, close your eyes and relax. You should listen to binaural beats for at least 7 minutes — this time is necessary to synchronize your brain with the external frequency. For best results, you should meditate from 15 minutes to half an hour. You can do this with your eyes open, focusing on a specific object — for example, on a burning candle. However, it is easier for beginners to meditate with their eyes closed – so it is easier not to be distracted.

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When listening to audio, you will not hear the rhythms themselves. It will be a soothing melody or the sounds of nature — this music helps to relax and immerse in a state of consciousness suitable for meditation.

DO NOT listen to binaural beats while driving. It slows down reflexes, which can be dangerous on the road.

DO NOT listen to such beats when you’re doing intellectual work. Since the meditative state is incompatible with rapid critical thinking, which is focused on performing a specific action.

Negative aspects

It is believed that binaural beats are absolutely safe. This technology uses the same frequency at which the brain works during meditation. Natural frequencies influence electrochemical processes in the brain, immersing it in a meditative, deeply relaxed state.

But you should understand that all computer programs, technologies, and techniques in this area are aimed at commercial demand. In fact, pure binaural beats are neuroacoustic drugs.

It is also believed that binaural beats can cause harm to your body. They can be dangerous for teenagers because at this age the brain is not able to perceive even a minor pathology without consequences. The fact is that in nature pure binaural beats do not occur. The body is not familiar with them, they are not natural for it. Since “acquaintance” and “interaction” occurs in the brain, the consequences can be serious for the whole body.

The Bottom Line

Many experiments show that treatment with binaural beats can be very effective in eliminating mental and emotional problems. But keep in mind that such therapy has contraindications and should be used carefully. If you’re not sure if binaural beats are good for you or not, then it’s better to be extra cautious and not  use them. In this case, you can use regular meditative music with nature sounds or mantras for your meditations.

Namaste!

 

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