About “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart”
FROM ‘Hygge’ to parenting, the Danish way of doing things is often widely talked about and one of Denmark’s latest exports is no exception. “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart” by emerging Danish author Gitte Winter Graugaard enables children to fall asleep within minutes. Now available in three different languages, it is beginning to change bedtime routines the world over.
Now more than ever our children are bombarded with messages, overt and subliminal, wrangling with expectations both perceived and real, which when coupled with the casualties of modern living, stressed and divorced parents, stressed and still together parents, over-scheduling and long school days, can greatly impact on their mental wellbeing: more children than ever before suffer with stress, depression, anxiety and sadness.
Sleep, or rather a difficulty in falling asleep, is one of the most obvious tell-tale signs that ‘something’s up’, and in general, children today sleep for one hour less than they did 25 years ago.
Below the author takes you through the book and gives you advice on how to get started.
The book gives you a collection of four meditations to read to your child. It helps you teach your child the importance of self-esteem and self-love, which will enable them to drift off into calming, reparative sleep, their hearts full with love.
In the first meditation the child learns to fill up their heart with love and tune into the power of self-loving. I cannot emphasize enough the power of self-loving and self-caring. Self-esteem and self-love are invaluable resources in life that we need to teach our children to help them deal with all the messages they receive from society and screens, and to help them recharge.
In the second meditation you teach your child about the love between you and emphasize the love in your family. You teach them become conscious of how we both send and receive love to and from each other. This meditation is also very good for building a strong relationship between siblings.
The much loved “Little Love Cloud” is presented in the third meditation. The cloud is full of love from all the people the child is fortunate to have in their life. Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, cousins, uncles – all the people who love the child are sending their love to a little cloud that is forever connected to the child. This meditation is especially good if the child misses someone they love – in different types of separation. It works very well for children with separation anxiety. And it can connect the child to a loved one in heaven,
In the fourth meditation the children are taught to share their love with the universe and share it with those less fortunate.
What if all children were taught to say goodnight to their hearts and fill their hearts with love every night?
What would happen? How would that change the world?
Let’s empower the next generation to listen to their beautiful hearts and not their fear.
Good advice to get started!
1. Pick a time when you feel good and have energy to help your child deal with a new method to fall asleep.
2. Stay calm and loving in your energy even if your child has difficulties with the new method. Your energy, mood and way of communicating with your child highly affect how quickly he/she calms down.
3. Turn off all screens two hours before bedtime.
4. Lay down next to your child and show him/her you have time to read the book in a calm and cosy way. Snuggle up. And if you fall asleep yourself, you might need just that.
5. Talk to your child about the experience with meditation. Listen – there is a lot to learn. Encourage your child to draw the images or feelings he/she sees or experiences during meditation.