OWL (Offer of Wise-Minded Learning): Compassion Meditation
It’s been proven that meditation and mindfulness make your mind and body healthier in many ways. For the parents of teenagers, a little meditation can bring welcome calm and perspective. Ready to try a baby step? Suspend judgments and try the simplest compassion meditation around, called the “Loving kindness meditation.” (If you are ready for the big time, go online and download a free recording). Find a comfortable position and take some big, deep breaths to ready yourself. First exhale completely, pushing your belly out as much as possible. Then, as deeply and slowly as you can, inhale and say to yourself silently “Innnnnn” and then exhale, and say “outtttt…” Do this 5 times. Then say to yourself:
May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be peaceful.
May I be safe.
Read more about “The Art of Mindfulness” and the research behind it in Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens + Teens, chapter 1: Secure Attachment and research mindful parenting in chapter 5: Emotional Flourishing.