Activity time: 10 minutes
Preparation for Activity
- Read the meditation a few times so you will be comfortable leading it.
Description of Activity
Have participants sit or lie down in a comfortable position with eyes closed. Read the meditation in a gentle, calm voice. Pause where indicated to allow participants time to experience the meditation fully.
Take a few minutes to pay attention to your breath. Breathe in slowly and allow the breath to fill your lungs and make your belly rise. Breathe out slowly.
Feel your body relaxing. As you breathe in and out the relaxation spreads through your body, starting with your toes and moving up through your legs into your hips and up into your chest and back and arms. Relax your face and neck. Your whole body is completely comfortable and relaxed.
Now imagine that you are a seed. This seed can become anything you dream of.
Imagine that you have been planted somewhere safe and warm. It is a special place and you feel loved and happy. You are filled with love in your heart.
You begin to sprout and grow. What does it feel like to grow?
You are changing. What is it you are becoming?
What does your new body look like? What things are you able to do?
Imagine yourself moving around in the safe place where you were planted. What do you do?
When you are ready, imagine yourself changing again. Now you are turning back into yourself.
I will count backward from 10. When I get to the number 1 you can open your eyes and rejoin the group.
10 ... 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ... 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1
Invite the children to share briefly what they experienced or imagined during the meditation.
Including All Participants
Some people do not feel safe closing their eyes when they are in a group. If any participant resists, suggest they find a single point of focus to look at instead.