In lieu of a bedtime story, I somehow managed to “trick” my 6-year-old daughter to meditate before sleeping. It was a short but meaningful exercise on non-attachment that any parent could do with their tiny tots before tucking them in. Read our conversation below.
Evanna: Story time!
Me: Okay, I have something better. Close your eyes and listen to what I say. Take a deep breath in and out. And then breathe again.
Me: Now think about your favorite color and your favorite thing in the world.
Evanna: Oooh purple… and lipstick!
Me: Oh purple lipstick? Now think about how you would look like wearing purple lipstick. Do you like it? Does it make you happy?
Me: Now think about what you look like without that purple lipstick.
Evanna: I look even better!!!
Me: So you feel okay even when the purple lipstick is gone?
Me: Good! Now, think about your favorite toy in the world.
Evanna: Barbie dolls!!!
Me: Imagine that you’re playing with you favorite Barbie dolls. Does it make you happy?
Evanna: Super happy!!!
Me: Now, mommy wants you to put away your Barbie dolls in their safe box because playtime is over. Can you imagine putting your Barbie dolls away?
Evanna: Okay, mommy.
Me: How do you feel?
Evanna: I’m still okay.
Me: Do you still feel happy?
Evanna: Yes, mommy.
Me: Good! That’s because your happiness doesn’t come from your favorite things or toys. Your happiness comes from inside. Remember your inside weather?
Evanna: Yes! Sunshine and rainbows!!!
Me: Yes, sunshine and rainbows! Your happiness will always come from inside. Don’t ever forget that. Goodnight, baby.
Evanna: Goodnight, mommy.
“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
Definition of meditate
1: to engage in contemplation or reflection
- He meditated long and hard before announcing his decision.
1: to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over
- He was meditating his past achievements.