Being mindful while I meditate with my 4 yr old nephew:
My heart is overflowing.
I’ve just meditated with my four year old nephew. The lovely adorable chatterbox he is, I honestly didn’t think he could sit still and be quiet for more than 30 seconds.
But he did.
And it was a heart melty moment.
We’d been on a soul stroll and had had fun fussing Molly – a neighbour’s friendly dog – and Thomas fed her biscuits.
Then we blew on a dandelion (or two or three!) and wished for everyone to be happy.
It was then time to find Stick Man. We found him lying beside the brook and carefully ventured down the bank to put him back into the water so he could find his way home back to his family.
Mission accomplished, we headed through the woodland area to listen to the birds – and we spotted a robin, Auntie Helen’s favourite. We looked at all the pretty flowers and really loved this stunning waterfall of blooms.
When we got back home, Thomas asked if we could make a Banana Milkshake, which involves our special ‘Nana Milkshake song and dance. As I was exhausted I needed a lie down first, but Thomas insisted on coming upstairs with me saying he’d lay down with me.
And that’s when I had the idea to try a short, but fun meditation with him.
We sat on my bed legs crossed, with our hands on our knees – and Thomas gently entwined his fingers with mine. On the amazing Insight Timer app, I put on the gorgeous ‘Smiling Meditation’ by Andrew Johnson, who has the most deliciously deep voice and Scottish accent.
The meditation is 5 minutes long and is simply: breathe in, breathe out and smile.
I kept peeking at Thomas and he was doing it so beautifully, I just had to sneak a couple of photos and he caught me in the act!
At the end of the meditation we are asked to “wiggle our fingers and toes” and Thomas did just that.
We finished with ‘namaste’ and a deeply felt hug.
My heart overflowing, I know I will cherish this precious moment for, as Thomas would say, “a long, long, long, long time”.