He did it! I’m so proud of Prasad for being able to sit through an hour long kirtan service at our local meditation circle last evening. It consists of alternating periods of 1o minutes of chant, and 10 minutes of meditation. Daniel took him, and we expected some difficulty (squirming, fidgeting, restlessness). Instead, he sat quietly and had zero problems sitting in complete stillness for each 10 minute segment of meditation.
SRF recommends waiting until age 12 before taking children to services and kirtan events, but Prasad is almost 11, expresses a strong desire for attendance, along with an ability to meditate. When he came home afterward, he walked into the door with a look of peace and bliss on his face that I will never forget. I know that feeling, but to see it on my boy’s face (a child who is normally quite restless) was such a sweet sight. He was so quiet, and almost didn’t want to speak. He said softly, “Oh, Mom. It was so nice. I got where I couldn’t even feel my hands any more. It’s like they disappeared.” He experienced some really deep relaxation. I informed him that his whole body can feel that way, too… it’s heavenly.
Last night he fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow… that was the first time he’d ever been able to do that. A miracle. The benefits of meditation in children are huge, and I’m not surprised he’s hooked. My little yogi is a natural.