- “When children have solitary moments they tend to daydream, a natural form of meditation. We see even the most active kids settle into stillness, quietly swaying on a backyard swing or humming while looking out the window, entirely at peace until a new idea grabs them or (more frequently) someone interrupts them to do something.”
- “In a world that unrelentingly pushes us to fit in by denying our feelings, a measure of stillness and acceptance at home leaves the child space to know him- or herself. By reacting mindfully we draw the child’s conscious awareness to these differences.”
- “We want our children to recognize that they have an internal system of communication known as intuition. They can tune in to their own impressions, perhaps learning that they get grouchy when they are thirsty or feel a stomachache coming on when they aren’t being true to themselves. They can use these signs when making decisions. The child whose gut feelings are taken seriously will learn to respond to the form his intuition takes.“
How many of us don’t trust our own intuitions? Or have trouble being still even for a few minutes? This is something we can harness in children from birth, starting with not needlessly interrupting their play, or with letting them have their “spaced out” moments in peace. How about not forcing them to keep eating based on how much we think they need to eat, or forcing them to give hugs and kisses instead of letting them maintain control over their bodies? Let’s preserve their natural ability to tune into themselves and self-regulate.