Teaching Stillness to Children

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Teaching Stillness to Children

By teaching stillness we create moments

for our children to rebalance.

Stillness is a natural response

when we observe nature.

Silence falls upon us,

our breath slows,


our heart opens.

As we enter the frequency of nature,

we experience inner harmony.

These moments of stillness

become the pauses

within our children’s days

that allow them to momentarily reset

and once again find inner balance.

Stillness is a natural response

as we observe nature.

And for this reason,

the easiest and most natural way

to teach stillness

is by taking the time to observe

the natural world around us.

Take a moment

to think of how we find ourselves

completely still and quiet

as we watch a rabbit nibble

on a patch of grass.

As soon as the words,

‘Look over there!’ are uttered

in reference to some fauna or flora,

silence falls upon us.

We stop talking and look.

Not only does our mind become quiet,

but our body becomes still.

Why is this?

Is this simply old programming

that our modern world has not yet erased?

Or is it something deeper?

Have we awakened our primordial spirit

as we find ourselves once again

in tune with

the rhythms of the natural world?

Ardel, K & Wilds, E. R., Teaching Mindfulness to Children & Teens, A Brighter Light in the World, 2011