Since the mind/body is one energy unit, ensure that your child's physical energy stays balanced through exercise. Choose activities that suit their body types and temperaments. Yogic stretching, martial arts and solo exercises such as swimming, walking, hiking or biking might be fun for children who prefer limited or no competition. Organized sports might interest more active children.
To help children gain confidence, start by accepting your own children's feelings and emotions. Think of their emotions as moving energy -- energy you don't want to get stuck. Help children acknowledge how they feel, accept these feelings as they are, or change them if need be. As parents, you can learn to accept, acknowledge, and direct emotional expression to the appropriate place at the right time for your children.
If children feel mentally or emotionally stuck, teach them positive self-talk to get through difficult situations. When nine-year-old John looked down from a high Ferris wheel seat, he talked himself through his fear. When Lauren was due to give a final summation in a debate class, she talked aloud to psyche herself up with energy. When 14-year-old Keith started to lose his temper in class, he recognized his short fuse, so he took time to breathe deeply and speak to himself mentally to calm down.
In the midst of children's busy and focused lives, remember to take time for "nothing." Allow space for no activity. We use the term space to describe a state that is empty of expectations, conditions and outcomes. Having space means having unstructured time and both children and adults often have difficulty with this. If you can teach children (and yourself) to use unstructured time and space creatively, you can discover much beauty and unconditional worthiness. Your inspiration will grow from within as you create life on your own terms.
The joy of parenting the whole child is that whatever you do to feed one aspect of their wholeness also feeds the other components. You can relax knowing that your mindfulness about meeting all of your children's needs helps you know what those needs might be.
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