The art of meditation is especially helpful when learned at an early age. It allows children to return to their natural rhythm and helps them cope with their emotions of frustration and fear, it also gives their mind a rest.
I was curious to see how they would take it and their reactions. We have done the Om in a previous workshop with them and most of them responded really well to that.
So there we were, at hope home, sitting with the lights out, candles on, meditation music on and a projector casting beautiful coloured shapes onto the wall. We really did create a relaxing atmosphere.
We all had a child and had them close to us so they would feel safe and not get upset.
It was interesting to see all the different reactions, some of the kids had no idea what was going on and were just doing their own thing. However there were some pretty exceptional reactions, such as the one from a little boy names Yoot. He is very quiet and doesn't move much, he's constantly in pain and always has his fists clenched tight.
It was a beautiful moment when he lifted up his head and admired the many shapes being created by the projector. He stared at it for a while and then put his head back down.
His eyes were still looking up, focused on the shapes.
All of the kids were all pretty relaxed during the workshop, Sam was having a bad day so there were some tears. Apart from Sammy, all the others were super relaxed and enjoyed the moment.
The workshop wasn't only a goodie for the kids, but also the volunteers....who were pretty relaxed during and after. A rare emotion to feel at a Hope Home workshop with such energetic, cheerful, lively kids.