Jokes apart, the moment we come out of meditation is important. It is best to give the body a little time to return to physical normalcy. If there is a hurry, it is Okay to get up. If there is time, it is good to enjoy the peace earned through the practice session.
Sometimes over if the emotion we are feeling is very powerful and we are unable to meditate, it is okay to release the emotion using a healing modality. However, one must practice meditation for longer term results. One awareness is strong enough, it can burn through difficult emotions quickly.
We can also introduce children to being in the present moment while eating food. Or special dishes such as ice cream. Not only does it create a positive association with meditation, it is also great fun. Of course, such devices are for starters, later on, we have to do meditation for the joy of meditation.
The Prayer pose is also a pose in which children can sit. The underlying principle is of Sukh-asana(happy posture). Sit in a posture that is comfortable to you. Because a relaxed body is a good base for a relaxed mind.
Another posture that children for meditation is the 'sitting in a chair' posture. When choosing a posture, focus on principles instead of rules. We are asked to keep our back straight as it aids in breathing (AFAIK). The lotus posture is advantageous because it is one of the stable body postures known to us. And a stable body aids in meditation.
Even when a child is not ready to learn meditation, we can still introduce concepts such as being in the present moment. Each initiative to foster consciousness in a child counts, in the long run, provided it is done with respect for the child's free will.
It is impossible for us to predict what kinds of problems our kids will face in the future, just as it was impossible for our parents to imagine a world with an internet. But if we equip them with core skills - reading, writing, mathematics, fitness, science and meditation, we will help them build timeless skills. Meditation being a very important one.
Art Credit: Geeti Bhojnagarwala "I remember it took me years to become able to sit in cross-legged position. Most of the times the discomfort did not allow me to meditate. Children do not have this disadvantage. They are naturally flexible and can learn early to sit in cross-legged (or any other) meditation position.
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