Wow! I’m beat.
Today I had the privilege of teaching some movement meditation and mindfulness techniques to a very wise, yet intermittently rambunctious group of elementary students.
Perhaps weaving a meditation session into their chaotic health and wellness day was a stretch, but we made it work!
They came to me sweaty and riled up, and yet most of them (separated by grade level) got right into it.
I was impressed by the fact that many of the students have tried meditation both at home and at school, including the entire 2nd grade class.
We had a great discussion on gratitude. And they were all arms raised on things they were grateful for: xbox, legwarmers, pets, food, shelter, school, learning, toys, family, friends, and I’m pretty sure one little girl even said, “For all sentient beings in the universe,” although to be honest, I think it was even deeper than I recall. She was 8.
We did a short silent mantra meditation where I had them all think of a word to repeat that made them feel happy. I let them share afterward: soccer, flower, puppy, dodgeball, and one boy raised his hand to explain that Om is a sacred Hindu syllable encompassing all sounds, so he suggested that we come up with only one syllable words to mimic the tradition. He was a walking wikipedia page. I actually didn’t even understand all that he was saying. He was 7.
We did the pocket meditation: Peace, Begins, With, Me. Prompted by the question: “Who is the only person in this world we can change?” It was almost unanimous with each class: “Me!” Now if we can only keep them this pure;)
Next we did a breathing meditation, 4-7-8, and a full body scan meditation, which they really relaxed into. Then I charged em back up with a Kundalini breath of fire meditation, rapid breath in and out through the nose, to which one girl was concerned about the snot factor. And I couldn’t argue that that was a very legitimate concern.
Next was finding their qi. We did some fun, liven the energy within, qi gong moves and I showed them how to create their own qi ball in their hands. That was a hit!
Lastly, we shook it out to Pharrell’s Happy, and I danced them all the way out the door, high fives all around.
Whew! I’m exhausted. Big shout outs to elementary teachers. May the force (qi) be with you!
I leave you with this: To be as open minded and as malleable as a kid again, let’s try more of that.
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!