Creating Family Meditation Time
The school year has started, and you're probably finding your way through new routines and responsibilities. It can be a stressful time for everyone.
Although it might seem counter-intuitive to add another piece to your routine, the beginning of the school year is an excellent time to establish family meditation time.
You can call it what you like: chill time, the relax zone, mindfulness...but whatever you call it, making it a valued priority will make a huge difference in what you will all get out of it.
As I mentioned in a , there are many ways to meditate. And it doesn't have to be elaborate. You could take five minutes before the beginning of a meal, after homework time, or before bed.
Alternatively, you could have a couple minutes of silence in the car on the drive home from school. Or, find a local park where you can sit and watch nature or get out into your back yard and get to know the trees. Get creative with it, and you'll find something that works for you and your family.
The most important things about creating family meditation time are to do it together and to make it a routine. Don't stress about it being every single day, but aim for meditating at least twice a week.
Just as a reminder, some of the benefits of meditation are reduced stress, increased responsiveness, relaxation, a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, and increased focus.
If you'd like help brainstorming ways that you can create family meditation time, please let me know.