I am a 33 year old woman and I am always stressed out in my daily routine monotonous life which leads to unhealthy life. I have heard from people that meditation keeps us calm and helps to manage stress in our routine life. So I tried to meditate however I fail in meditating regularly. I miss the schedule always; If a good habit/learning is not practiced regularly, we cannot consume the effect completely. I read from Robin Sharma’s book ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’, that if you practice a new good habit for continuous 21 days, you would not miss the schedule next. I would say it worked.
I am now able to manage my stress and able to lead a healthy life. My daughter who is just 5 year old is also trying to practice meditation every day. Hope this piece of information could motivate you all to meditate and help your child to practice it.
Try this out and share what you feel.
Some Information about Meditation and links I got from you tube to learn meditation :-
Here are five that I feel are best suited for anyone new to meditation. (We are practicing Movement / Breathing meditation)
1.Mindfulness Meditation: The most well-known type of meditation, mindfulness meditation, is about being aware of the sounds and activities happening around you. It’s almost a flow-like type of meditation, because you literally just let your mind be fluid and flow from one thought to the next, not really focusing on one particular thing. For instance, if you live in a noisy city, you don’t have to block out the outside sirens and screaming children, you let your mind be aware of the sounds without becoming too focused.
2.Spiritual Meditation: This type of meditation is for those who regularly participate in prayer, as it’s based on communicating with God. Just like the other styles, you must become calm and quiet and then begin to focus on a question or problem you might have. This style of meditation can feel not only relaxing, but rewarding as well.
3.Focused Meditation: If the idea of clearing your mind of all thoughts stresses you out, focused meditation is great because you can focus on a sound, object, mantra, or thought. The key here is to just focus on one of these things and stay committed to that one thought or object. This is when relaxation music comes in handy. Even though you’re essentially using your mind, you’ll be amazed at how rejuvenated you feel afterwards. In our day to day lives, our minds really are in 10 different places at once!
4.Movement Meditation: Movement meditation may seem intimidating, but if you’re by yourself and you really get into it, it can be extremely uplifting and relaxing at the same time. Sitting with your eyes closed, simply focus on your breath and try out different gentle, repetitive flowing movements. Rather than focus on a sound, object, or thought, just turn your attention to your movement. I find a slow left and right swaying motion to be therapeutic, or you could try moving your entire upper body in a slow circular motion.
5.Mantra Meditation: Mantras are words that are chanted loudly during meditation. It may seem odd to be making loud noises during a meditation session, but it’s actually the sounds that become the object being focused on. In yoga, the mantra Om is regularly used since it delivers a deep vibration that makes it easy for the mind to concentrate on that particular sound.
I recommend Lodi’s music CD, which help children to reduce stress free and relax. http://www.stressfreekids.com/category/cds/music-cds
What does The Bible speak about Meditation
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Wishing all to lead happy and healthy stress free life!
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•Things to decorate your bag with: craft foam shapes, buttons, beads, rhinestones, sequins, stickers, glitter glue, puffy paint, etc.
The instructions are in the below link.
Physics: the study of matter, energy, space and time.
Botany: the study of plants.
Chemistry: the study of reactions, creations, and binding of matter.
Mineralogy: The study of minerals such as their identification, and properties.
Biology: the study of living things.
Astronomy: the study of space.
Geology: the study of Earth and its components, e.g. soils, rocks, etc.
Microbiology: the study of microorganisms, e.g. bacteria and their effects on other living organisms.
Palaeontology: the study of prehistoric life through evidence provided by fossils.
Medicine: Diagnosis and treatment of disease and damage to the body.
Pathology: the study of diseases and their causes, processes, development, and consequences.
Linguistics: The study of language, its structure and phonetics.
Entomology: the study of insects.
Seismology: the study of earthquakes, their causes and measurement.
Forestry: The science of cultivating, maintaining, and developing forests.
Ichthyology: The study of fish.
My next post will give more details and free learning links for science.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.”
~ Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown's Little Book of Wisdom
Rest is so important for my healing journey right now that one of my doctors actually wrote 'daily nap' and 'one complete rest day each working week' on a prescription pad for me.
But naps are actually good for everyone.
Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Find out how you can help your child develop reading stamina.
Having stamina for something means being able to stick with something for periods of time. This stamina, or endurance, builds strength. Stamina can apply to lots of different areas, such as exercise or painting. It can also apply to reading.
Teachers often think about a student’s reading stamina. Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Reading stamina is something that parents can help students develop. Here’s how:
1.Vary the way the reading is done. Parents can think about this in terms of having their child “read to himself, read to someone, and listen to reading.” Some combination of the three should make up the reading time, especially for new or struggling readers.
2.Choose “just right” books. If your child is at a stage of being able to read alone, help him choose books that he is able to read independently. This means he should be able to decode almost every word in the book correctly. In this situation, avoid using books that are too difficult to read alone. If your child will be reading with you, choose books that are lively and engaging.
3.Set reasonable goals. Most toddlers and preschoolers find it difficult to sit for long periods of time, even with the most engaging book! When starting out, limit book time to just a few minutes and work up from there. For elementary aged readers, consider starting with 10-15 minutes of reading time, and work up from there. Add a few minutes to your reading time every week or so.
4.Celebrate progress. Without getting too caught up on the number of minutes spent reading, celebrate the time that is spent reading. Share your favorite parts of books read, plan the next visit to the library, and share progress with other family members.
Spending longer periods of time reading means fewer interruptions and more time reading what you love. As your child moves into higher grades, having reading stamina will help your child navigate the longer texts and assignments. Using these tips can help develop more stamina in your reader.
Source : Growing readers
Today at our homeschool, We made blue boat ocean scenes using chalk pastel. The instructions can be found from the below link.http://www.hodgepodge.me/2012/04/teaching-art-with-multiple-ages/