KIDS

Be Well Be Happy
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I have the utmost pleasure to have some little ones in my life. I so enjoy my time with them.  They lift my heart. One day I spent some time with one six-year-old. We had an enchanting afternoon.  During our yoga class, we were on our backs stretching the leg up and back and she stopped and said something like: I don’t want to make you feel bad, but you’re kind of old so how can you lift your leg so high. My Mom can’t even do that. This made me think of two things: one, what do we teach our young people about women and beauty as we age? And two, great lesson on practice: because I do it most every day, so I practice it and I can go deeper. It’s like everything, if we stick to whatever it is, in time we get to know it so well and we become a part of it.  

I see young women, children, little ones as our future fierce peaceful warriors. We must teach them about beauty inside and out. We must teach them about fierce peaceful determination. I believe that women will help to change the world, but they must have the knowledge of pure intention. 

During another “segment” of our day, I asked my little friend if she knew time yet. She said no, but she’s starting to learn it. And I thought, how free that must be? Not to know what time it is or care to know? When I told her that and she didn’t have to think about what she had to at 4 for example, she didn’t understand what I meant – thankfully. Made me think that we’re just living in time.; nothing is timeless; everything is changing at every moment. 

I want to offer this imagery for you to share with little ones. I know that they sometimes don’t know how to express certain feelings which can lead to un-ease. For when you are feeling sad, scared, tired, alone, any feeling of discomfort. Look towards the sun (not directly at it), squint your eyes so that its rays are leading right to your heart. Take a deep breath in imagining the rays of the sun coming in to warm your heart. As you breathe out, you feel better. 

(Expanded version) You are all together in a field with people you like and love - you feel very comfortable. Lift your heart to the rays of the sun. Press your feet down hard and imagine roots growing from the bottoms of your feet, through your shoes and deep down into the earth. You are grounded. Look towards the sun (not directly at it), squint your eyes so that its rays are leading right to your heart. Take a deep breath in imagining the rays of the sun coming in to warm your heart. As you breathe out, you feel better. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

 By Paulette Mancuso

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