One of my most treasured traditions with my children is the seasonal meditation that we do as a family on each equinox and solstice. Meditation is a simple way to connect our little ones to nature, and to teach them that they flow through the seasons just as the earth does.
As Summer gives way to Autumn, find a quiet place to sit, directly on the earth, and come together in a family breath. Finding unity through the in-breath grounds us fully to our loved ones, and for just a moment we breathe as one.
Encourage your children to begin to rub their hands together, and as the heat builds, to feel the energy that they are creating. As they release and hover their hands just so slightly above the ground, ask them to sit and feel the shifts that the earth is taking. It amazes me how there is almost never a peep whispered during this time. Young children have a unique ability to connect and ground with the earth, and they can sense the rhythm and pulsation that is happening just beneath them.
After a few minutes have passed, ask your children to begin to sense how they too are shifting and changing with the seasons. Allow them ample time for this exercise, and let them guide you with their body movements as to when they are beginning to come out of the meditation.
Have them take five deep inhalations, drawing in all of the earth’s goodness and energy, and five deep exhalations, letting go of all that they do not need for the coming season ahead.
Encourage your children to open their eyes slowly, with a renewed sense of their own place in this world. Depending on their age, they can journal, draw, paint, or color their feelings, or a warm bath can be drawn to extend the quiet time. Remind them before bed that change is wonderful, and embracing the shift in the earth, as well as in themselves, allows for the growth that they need.
Heather Fontenot, co-editor and publisher of Rhythm of the Home, lives with her family on the Front Range of Northern Colorado. As a writer, doula and yoga teacher, Heather has a passion for natural and creative living, and spends as much of her time outdoors as possible. She loves to knit, sew, garden, photograph, read and homeschool her three sweet little ones. She writes the blog Shivaya Naturals, where she chronicles her life as a mother, artist, and gluten-free baker.