When Hermione was three I bought her a cd called Positive Thoughts for Children, An Affirmation CD for Bedtime by Chitra Sukhu. We listened to it regularly at bed times and even at that age she seemed to draw benefits from it.
When we were preparing to move the cd was packed away and went into storage. I just rediscovered it a couple of weeks ago and Hermione has listened to it most evenings since. Recently she has been complaining of not being able to get to sleep at night but that has stopped since she started listening to this. It seems to really help her focus on herself and relax.
So, when I saw this cd, also by Chitra Sukhu, in an online shop last week, I decided to order it. We haven't listened to all of it yet but we have really enjoyed what we have listened to up till now.
The ability to relax is something I would love to be able to teach my children. I hope my efforts aren't thwarted by the fact that I myself find it very difficult, a lot of the time almost impossible, to relax.
Why is it so difficult for many people to relax? As life skills go I think it's really important. Think how life could be transformed if we were all more attuned to a source of peace within, whatever form that may take.
So often now you hear people give television and alcohol as examples of how they relax. I'm not condemning that, but what happens if you have a power cut and the shop is clean out of booze?
As I've said, when it comes to relaxation I'm one of the worlds worst. My brain is in a constant whirl of activity. Perhaps it is time to re evaluate how I think about it. Instead of thinking 'relaxation is a state I rarely achieve,' perhaps it is time to think, 'relaxation is a life skill which I can learn along side my children'.
Changing the subject completely here I wish to apolgise for my spelling errors. I'm not sure what has happened to my spell checker on here over the last few days. It's just not working and in additon to not being able to relax I also can't spell. Ho hum!!