Second meditation from guest blogger Caroline Sherwood.

From the book: Making Friends with Ourselves: Introducing Children to Meditation.

 

Animal and plant friends

To promote respect for all living creatures

To give a chance for fears and prejudices about different creatures (e.g. spiders, crocodiles and maggots!) to be aired & examined

To encourage responsibility for the totality of our planetary home

To develop subtle vision and harness the imagination to positive use.

 

Next time you stroke a cat, or any animal (maybe your favourite pet?) –

FEEL THE LIFE IN THE ANIMAL

Is this life the same as yours?

 

BE VERY GENTLE, VERY STILL, WITH THIS ANIMAL.

 

Maybe you’d like to speak softly or sing to this animal.

 

Plants also respond to kindness. Everything that is alive responds to kindness. Actually – even machines and things that aren’t alive do, too. Like us, plants grow strong and stay healthy if they are in a loving atmosphere. That means if the people around them are loving and if the place where they are feels happy.

 

IMAGINE THE INSIDE OF A LEAF…MAKE IT VERY BIG…WALK AROUND INSIDE IT…NOW COME OUT…& SEE THE LEAF SMALL AGAIN.

What’s it like on the inside of a leaf…a petal…a tree?

 

Additional Activities:

  • discussions about life and death
  • visits to animal rescue centres, vets
  • plant experiments: different feeds, music, care
  • experiments with how feelings affect inanimate things