Mantra Meditation for Middle School Marvels
While we will throw in some movement, breathwork and games, the main focus will be on mantra meditation.
Mantra is a powerful tool to change the negative inner dialogue and help rewire the mind to promote self-authority and positive action. It can immediately calm, elevate and increase their sense of wellness and belonging. Mantra is sound vibration that recodes of over negative self-talk and habits.
*if you are interested in this for yourself --because adults need this too-- we invite you to come to class regularly!
The Bird's Eye View
This is a meditation class for middle school children grades 6 to 8. 5th graders are welcome if you feel your child is ready to engage at the middle school level.
One goal that we have for our Marvels is to help them develop a sense of awareness that forklifts them over the trees, giving them a birds-eye view ... so that they don't takes things so personally; to help them understand that there is more going on than what they see. It's the older kid's version of the stage babies come to when they realize that when an object gets covered with a blanket, it didn't really disappear.
Meditation helps with this big time.*
A benefit of meditation is alignment. Yoga (asana) gives us physical alignment. Meditation completes it so that our thoughts and desires become more aligned with our actions. This reduces conflict. Once alignment happens, our inside and outside actions come together. Passive-aggressive? What's that? Our kids want solutions just as much as we do. By this age, they've already found ways to protect their sweet hearts. Unfortunately, these can create barriers to healthy communication and solutions.
There may be more active interaction and guided social time than anything resembling a meditation practice. We want to meet them where they are, where we don't create a pattern of polarization. They have days when they can meet me closer to where we all want to be, and days when that place is miles away. On those latter days we want to honor where they are, hold vision for their highest Soul Self and meet their more basic needs.
Without this birds-eye view, our day to day (and week to week) experiences can feel sort of like looking at the stock market on a daily or hourly basis. Turbulent. It wears us out, both physically and emotionally. It makes us think we are failing. Changing that view offers us more sustained energy, equanimity and calm. Like looking at the stock market over a longer period of time-- it typically fares better than anything else. Those that understand that don't go ulcer or drink with every business and economic announcement.