Below author Gitte Winter shares with us how you can also use her book, ‘The Children’s Meditations In My Heart’, to connect to your child, heart to heart, in your womb.
Science has long proved that the stress level of the mother during pregnancy also has a negative effect on the stress level of the child. Connecting to your child heart to heart and soul to soul while you carry them in your womb, is beneficial to both of you. The stronger the connection you feel to your child during pregnancy, the stronger the bond will be between you both when you welcome him or her into the world. When you meditate to your child during pregnancy you begin to channel the energy between you.
I am so happy my book has found its way into prenatal classes, enabling parents to bond with their babies through meditation. When you read the book out loud to your unborn child, you will be able to build a bonding bridge of energy between your hearts and send the most wonderful loving energy from your heart to your baby.
Every time you think about the joy of becoming a mother or holding your baby you are already tapping into this type of energy. By becoming conscious of this loving energy you can create an even stronger bond. My book enables you to increase this feeling and to feel even more joy in your pregnancy.
Spending time with your unborn child through prenatal meditation can also be beneficial if you don’t feel connected to your child or if you are having a hard time relating to your baby in your womb. Your baby’s heart is one of the first ‘parts’ to be created. You can find a path to it using meditation, regardless of how far along you are.
My book can also help you heal if your pregnancy is terminated. Whatever the circumstances and no matter how difficult, you have to let go of your baby. The time you have already spent with your baby will have affected both of you spiritually. For a while two souls have been connected and they always will be in a beautiful way. The meditations in this book can help you relate to the little soul who came to visit you and build a loving bridge of energy.
Sometimes fathers-to-be find it difficult to relate to the baby in their partner’s womb. If your partner feels this way, I recommend you ask him to read the meditations to his unborn child. This is a precious experience for you as a family. Enjoy a lovely moment where all three of you are so delicately connected to each other.
During a pregnancy, the unborn baby demands a lot of its mother’s attention, and if there are any older siblings, they may feel jealous. Try reading the book to big brother or sister and build the same beautiful bonding bridge to his or her heart. Your children are going to love the stories, your presence and your love. They will feel reassured that even though they are going to share Mummy and Daddy, you still love them for who they are. Also, try letting your baby’s older brother or sister send love to their little brother or little sister in the womb. This is so cute and deeply moving.
A collection of four meditations for parents to read to their children, Graugaard’s book shows parents how to teach their child the importance of self-esteem and self-love, enabling them to drift off into calming, reparative sleep, their hearts full with love.
Now more than ever our children are bombarded with messages, overt and subliminal, wrangling with expectations both perceived and real, which when coupled with the casualties of modern living, stressed and divorced parents, stressed and still together parents, over-scheduling and long school days, can greatly impact on their mental wellbeing: more children than ever before suffer with stress, depression, anxiety and sadness.
Sleep, or rather a difficulty in falling asleep, is one of the most obvious tell-tale signs that ‘something’s up’, and in general, children today sleep for one hour less than they did 25 years ago.
Continual information overload and lack of sleep makes for a challenging cocktail for any child and of course their parents, with research indicating that children who consistently miss out on sleep can, over time, show symptoms similar to reactions we see in children with ADHD.
Asked why she thinks meditation before bedtime is key to overcoming anxiety in children and the pre-slumber ‘stand-off’, Graugaard draws on her own experiences as a parent:
“When I started sharing beautiful heart meditations with my daughters, I was surprised to see how much they loved the interaction and how quickly they would fall asleep. As different as children are, almost every child delights in hearing about how much a parent or caregiver loves and treasures them. Even teenagers – to my surprise! – seem to be calmed by hearing the meditations in the book read aloud. However, the best part is that your child learns to fill his or her own heart with love. And learning how to turn up their self-love has shown to give children so much comfort long into the following day too, at nursery or school and beyond.”
Seeing the positive effect on her own children made her write down the meditations for other parents to share with their children.
About the author:
Gitte Winter, is a Danish writer, life coach, energy mentor, mindfulness instructor and light worker (Roomforreflection.com). She is on a mission to help parents help their children to thrive through child meditation. Gitte helps parents become aware of their energy and what they radiate and teaches parents to always parent themselves first before they parent their children. Gitte is also founder of the Momo Academy (www.momo-academy.com), which enables Danish schools to offer mindfulness to their pupils as part of their education. She also coaches parents and provides workshops. Check out her blog at Room for Reflection and Facebook for the latest news on child meditation and mindfulness.