Back to school can come with so many different emotions for our kids. Teaching my kids to use meditation to ease their fears and anxiety has helped them step into their power and be the brave little humans that they are every single day.
Just a couple years ago, we were in Idaho visiting my parents. They have a large pond in the front of their house with huge boulders cemented together to make the ultimate jumping rock. While visiting, we probably swam in the pond everyday. Despite both of my children having scary near-drowning experiences, they have little fear of water. Or of heights, or really of anything. They are brave little humans. Their older cousins were jumping off the big boulders and of course, they wanted to join. I wasn’t that surprise when they both started to climb the rocks and jump off the first one. It wasn’t high off the water and soon became boring to them. Before I knew it, Reagan was begging me to jump off the top rock with her. And I will admit…it takes some guts for even me to do it. She was certain she wanted to try, so her and I started to climb up to the top of the boulders. I grabbed her wet little body and carefully sat her on the top rock while I finished behind her. Before I could grab her hand, I looked up at her and saw something I don’t think I will ever forget. There, on top of the tallest boulder, in the middle of the deepest pond, was my little 5 year old baby girl, soaked from head to toe and dripping with water. Knees clasps tight together shaking just a tad, while her fingers are interloped together and pressed tight against her life jacket. With her little eyes shut, she took a deep breath and said, “I AM BRAVE, I AM BRAVE!” She had no idea anyone had seen her and she didn’t care if someone was watching. She was searching for courage deep down in her soul. She knew she could find it. She didn’t doubt that she could jump off that rock. When her fear started to rise, she didn’t find an excuse to not jump, she found an excuse TO jump. She was BRAVE. That’s all she needed to know. I still get all teary eyed and momma proud when I think about that story. Reagan would jump that day, and the next, and the next. She would find courage. The only difference between jumping off that boulder and starting school is that I’m not there to hold her hand as we take the leap and long scary ride down to the water. I can climb the boulder with her, give her a big hug and kiss and tell her she can do it. But she has to find that courage inside herself, like she did that day out in the pond, and jump by herself into this scary unknown land of learning and creation.
This work is important, but it’s not just important for our children: it is CRUCIAL.
It is NECESSARY.
It must be done.
HERE is a FREE guided meditation for you to use with your kids.
HERE is a FREE guided meditation for you to use with your teens.
Like the back to school meditation and want more? I have an entire meditation set for Kids and Teens. Learn more by clicking the image below.