This time of year, many children are busy studying for tests or balancing homework and extracurricular activities.
Make sure your child also takes the time to relieve stress and enjoy quiet moments within. In this fall meditation, you can help your child use their imagination to explore an enchanted forest to alleviate worries and stress.
In guided meditation, rather than practicing in silence, one is led by another person’s voice. For instance, a parent can read a guided meditation script to their child before bedtime. A parent reading a script like this one can help the child focus, prevent their mind from wandering, and give them an entirely new experience.
These peaceful guided relaxation scripts are written by Mellisa Dormoy of ShambalaKids. Her guided relaxation audios help children and teens relieve stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, feel fantastic in mind, body and spirit and develop a positive mental attitude at school and at home.
Gently close your eyes and take in a nice deep breath.
Do this several times and allow your body to relax more and more with each deep breath. Notice how peaceful you become with this deep breathing.
Notice how all your muscles begin to relax and feel good and loose.
Continue to breathe normally now as I guide you along this marvelous adventure!
Imagine yourself now, walking down a well-worn path in a beautiful forest. The trees have changed all their foliage and now you see an amazing display of colors – gold, red, orange, and speckles of green. It’s the most beautiful, enchanting fall forest you’ve ever seen.
Leaves crunch beneath your feet as you walk along. The air smells so crisp and fresh. The coolness tickles your nose and ears. It feels so very wonderful to be out here, in nature, enjoying the beauty of this place.
In the distance you hear a waterfall. You carefully walk towards the rushing water sound. As you come to the path’s end, you see the rushing stream. You see the most beautiful free flowing waterfall right in front of you. The sun glints off the water, casting bright spots and little rainbows everywhere.
It looks as if liquid sunshine is cascading down onto large rocks. The sound of rushing water relaxes you. The water must be getting cooler because it is fall now and days are growing shorter. Soon there may even be snow.
Sit down a while and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Listen as the water flows against the rocks.
(pause to allow your child to imagine the scene more deeply)
Here any stress or worries you have seem to be washed away for good. The sound of the waterfall rushing down clears your mind and washes away any frustration and difficult thoughts.
Allow the sounds to wash any worries away… just let them go.
You may notice that you’re feeling calm and relaxed here in this place. This magical fall forest is a special place just for you. You can come back here at any time to calm your body and mind and let go of any worries or stress.
You know that everyone has worries and stress sometimes. And now you know how to deal with them.
When you want to relax and find peace, you can come here just by thinking of this place and imagining yourself here. This calm, peaceful place by the waterfall invites you to wash away your worries or stress anytime.
You feel so content and refreshed now. You can feel fresh energy entering your body and invigorating you completely.
You’ve done a terrific job today. Now, you can just drift off into wonderful, deep sleep for beautiful dreams and a very peaceful night.
Goodnight, and sweet dreams.
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