Beautiful mamas and papas, I believe that we lead by example. Kids are sponges and everything we do they do. So teaching them early how to meditate and how to pray will help them grow to be very strong individuals. Yogi Bhajan said;
“A child is born to you to help him face his karma in this life. A child is not your ego; not a pet dog in the house; not a substitute for love. A child has nothing to do with that. A child is born to you so that you can prepare him to face time unto Infinity. “
-The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan—the Power of the Spoken Word
“Every child is born as karma to parents, but also every child is born as karma to himself or herself. There is a double action and mostly people forget this. One is the karma to parents, the other is the karma to the self. In between, a person has to develop, grow and become free.”
–Yogi Bhajan, Women’s Camp, 1977
Primarily, children learn by example. They are super sensitive beings.Yogi Bhajan described children as, “Full-fledged people with high potency antennae which record every vibration within their vicinity completely and very deeply.”
-Yogi Bhajan 7/20/76
You have no right to tell the child what to do. The child has the right to know what is good and what is bad. If you teach the child good and bad, the child will never leave you. There’s no better student. You have never accepted a child as a God-given student. You accept the child as your possession. That’s your mistake.”
-Yogi Bhajan, 7/4/96
“We use our children for security. Then our children use us for security, and life is a mess. Give children their own security: Truth and God. It doesn’t matter if you have lied to yourself, or you have lied in your life, or that your parents lied to you. Just, for God’s sake, speak the truth for the sake of your children, so that they can understand that there is a truth—that is Sat Nam. Give them the true identity of themselves and you will have angels on the Earth.”
-Yogi Bhajan, 8/5-6, 1975
Ten things to do for your children
By Yogi Bhajan, from The Game of Love
1. Love them
2. Build their self-esteem
3. Challenge them
4. Listen to them
5. Expect respect
6. Limit them
7. Make God a part of their lives
8. Develop a sense of learning in them
9. Help them to be community-minded
10. Let them go
And I'm sure you have read the quote before;
“Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For thir souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness.
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”― Kahlil Gibran
I personally love this Meditation for Children. It's also for us big kids too! We play it in the car and sing along!
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose.
I Am Happy, I Am Good, I Am Happy, I Am Good.
Sat Naam, Sat Naam, Sat Naam Jee
Wha-Hay Guroo, Wha-Hay Guroo, Wha-Hay Guroo Jee
In the rhythm of the mantra, the children shake their index fingers up and down (like their parents might sometimes do when they are reproaching the child).
Yogi Bhajan gave this meditation specifically for children to use in times when their parents are fighting and going through a crisis—to give them the experience of remaining stable and unaffected. Of course, the meditation can be done anytime! Children, especially under the age of six, have a much shorter attention span than adults. All meditations with movement and variation work well. They like simple celestial communication.
Nam Shakti Kaur