When Kids Daydream It’s Meditation
When I was 6 years old, maybe even 5, I started to meditate.
When I was 8 years old, maybe 7, my report cards would have the same comments, year after year after year.
“Holly is a good student, but she daydreams too much.”
They might have called it daydreaming, but now I know I was meditating. I was manifesting! Seeing and creating my future. Sometimes that future didn’t turn out as I wanted it to, even though I meditated on it. I didn’t end up getting the attention that I wanted (I was teased and bullied), and one time, I dreamed of going to the fair (it rained that day, and we didn’t go). Nevertheless, I would continue to daydream, hour after hour, day after day.
Maybe you are a teacher, a parent or a caregiver. If you have witnessed your child "zoning out," not really paying attention and daydreaming, say, "Hey, when you’re finished meditating, I would like to speak with you" or "When you are finished, could you do some reading?"
Turning a Weakness Into a Strength
You see, we do not have to teach our kids to meditate, especially if they are shy, passive and creative. They do this very well on their own. Yet often we reprimand them for not “paying attention.”
Therefore, I propose to my teachers way back then that they reframe their thinking and change the comments on the report card to:
“Holly is a good student, and she meditates a lot.” A+
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