It’s that time of year again. Flowers and cards, sweet tarts and sweethearts. Children of all ages are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day at school. This year, you have the opportunity to help them enjoy the day while pausing to embrace the feeling of the love they offer themselves and others. Here’s how…
Mindfulness Activity: Using Breathwork and Mantras to Experience Love
1. First, find a comfortable seat, ideally in a quiet space. Together with your children, place your hands on your heart as you breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth. (You may close your eyes for the following exercise. Or, you may act out each step with someone you love).
2. As you continue breathing deeply, imagine the feeling of love in your body when someone else shows their love to you through kind words, hugs and kisses, or acts of compassion. Think about where in your body you feel that love the most. In your heart, perhaps?
3. Consciously send your breath to that place in your body as you envision your body being surrounded with a warm pink light. Smile.
4. Next, imagine the feeling you get when you share love with others through kind words, hugs and kisses, or acts of compassion. Take note of how this feeling may be the same or different as the feeling of receiving love from others.
5. Again, consciously imagine sending your breath to that place in your body as you enjoy the feeling of a warm pink light hugging your body. Smile.
6. Next, imagine the feeling of love in your body when you show yourself love through kind words, taking care of your mind and body, or even enjoying a joyful moment in life.
7. Take note of how this may feel the same or different as giving or receiving love from others. Again, find the place in your body where you feel this emotion of love the most and send your breath to that place as you glow with warm pink light. Smile.
8. Finally, with your next deep exhale, say out loud or silently, “I love myself.” With your next breath, say, “I accept love from others.” And with your last deep breath, say, “I share my love with others.”
9. Take a moment to discuss with your children how they felt during the exercise and how they feel at this moment. It can also be fun to create a drawing about their experience and feelings.