3 Fun and Easy Ways to Meditate with Kids
By Roberta Smith
1. Gibberish Meditation – The origins of the Gibberish meditation can be traced to Gabar, a wonderful Christian mystic, introduced this meditation technique which later came to be known as Gibberish. It is said that people would come to Gabar with all kinds of questions about enlightenment and he would simply answer with nonsensical sounds. He just talked nonsense, a constant stream of sounds and words with no commas or periods, no sentence structure. People realized that just by sitting near him, listening to his gibberish, their minds became more and more silent.
This is an amazing meditation as it can be done alone or with people. It’s a great way to spend time with your kids and also a great way to get your kids to release pent up emotions. Making a game out of it is really simple.
All you need to do is start making nonsense sounds and using nonsense words. Here’s an example.
el ol pol kol mol dol la ma pa da ka so lo mo po do eeh ooh poo doo koo moo….
It’s good to start for about 5 minutes first and build up to 20 minutes. After just lie down and be silent. The feeling after is quite simple amazing. Gibberish gets rid of our mind’s clutter and as mind needs words to think the nonsense words drive all thought from the mind. Also the mind is focused on making new words so it stops the process of thinking, leaving you thoughtless which is a meditative state.
“Gibberish is to get rid of the active mind, silence to get rid of the inactive mind and let-go is to enter into the transcendental.” ~ Osho
2. Whirling Meditation – The whirling dance or Sufi whirling is a form of Sama or physicaly active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. Best known through the Persian poet, Rumi who was a Dervish himself, the dervishes whirl, always from right to left, thus in the motions of the blood circulating around the heart, the Dervishes hold their hands in a unique position. The right hand is lifted, palm-out, towards god and his gifts. The left is palm down towards the earth, to both draw forth its sustenance and to deliver god’s gifts of the spirit to humanity.
Put on some nice beaty sufi music or any music you like. Keep your eyes open and feel the center point of your body. Lift your arms to shoulder height, with the right hand palm up and the left hand low, palm down. Start turning around your own axis. Start slowly and gradually go faster and faster till you are ready to drop.
Let your body fall to the ground when the music stops or when you feel ready to. Roll onto your stomach immediately so that your navel is in contact with the earth. Feel your body blending into the earth. Keep your eyes closed and remain passive and silent.
Again a great meditation to enjoy with the kids. They love twirling and with music and the falling it’s simply great fun.
“Whirling is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. Whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving.” ~ Osho
3. Laughter Meditation or Laughter therapy as it is sometimes called is simply the act of laughing. Same principles apply – when you laugh wholeheartedly you can’t think and your mind is blissfully empty.
What do you do? Simple – laugh for 10 minutes! Think of the funniest incidents, the funniest stories, the funniest movies and let the laughter just burst out of you. Can be done alone or with a group. Start with 10 minutes and build up to 30 minutes and it’ll guarantee some amazing days!
“Laughter is one of the most sacred phenomenons on the earth. Heartfelt laughter releases your hidden sources of energy. When it is really arising out of your heart, when it is total, whole, when your whole being is throbbing with it, then it gives you a taste of meditation. Mind disappears; it cannot exist in laughter. It melts, it evaporates, for a moment there is no mind, there is only laughter. There is no one who is laughing, there is pure laughter.” ~ Osho
About the Author
Roberta Smith is an Entrepreneur who designs and develops solutions for a business in Kia, Arizona. She also writes as a freelancer for a number of online communities and is writing this post for http://www.markkia.com