Instead of sitting your children in front of the computer or the television, spend five minutes a day doing an imagination exercise. Have them lie down on a blanket with you; then close their eyes and imagine they are at a place that is full of shapes and colors. Ask them what shapes and colors they are seeing.Then ask them to sense them. Do they feel them? Do they smell anything? Do they hear anything? What do they taste, and what are the colors telling them?
Use nature to teach your children. Take a walk in nature with your children and ask them to look at the trees, listen to the sounds around them…stop and walk…and then sit on the ground with them. Have them close their eyes and tell you what the trees look like in their mind. Have them describe the other things they sensed.
All of this is important because it helps a child to stay focused on their senses. Children are naturally open to sensing the world around them. What happens as they get older, is that they are often exposed to things that require only the use of their senses on a limited basis. For example, instead of being outside and feeling the energy around them, they begin to watch videos that produce sounds that take them outside of themselves. Their minds no longer have to work to feel.
If your child is watching a video, ask them how the people or characters feel who are on it, or how they feel inside. Can they guess what may happen? It’s hard to keep them away from it, but you can teach them what to do when they are around such things. The same goes for using video games…after they play, have them close their eyes and see the characters in their minds. Play the game with their imagination.
Wrap up in a blanket and read with your children. Create a quiet space for them. You can put a blanket over a table and sit in the tent; and tell them to use their imagination and pretend they are in the middle of the woods and camping. Children will naturally be able to go there. What is amazing is so will you! This is a wonderful way to get in tune with your children.
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