Do you feel frustrated when your child does not listen to you?
Are you having trouble understanding your child?
Do you wish to have deep communion with your child?
Many parents and caretakers are not aware of the truth that children (age of 7 years old and below) respond to the space you hold for them. So the first thing that parents, teachers or caretakers need to know is that children live in the space of a child – a space of pure awareness and possibility without thinking, judgment and loads of the past. If you have the right understanding, you will begin to learn how to move into the child’s space and relate with them. It is only when both meet in the space of a child that communication can happen. When both child and parents are in the space of completion, a beautiful communion between both parties happens.
After the initiation of the Shivoham Inner Awakening in last December by my master, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji), experientially I am able to work with children from the space of completion. From my personal experience after having worked with children for the last 4 years in Nithyananda Bala Vidyalaya and now in Nithyananda Weekend Gurukul, I discovered the miraculous power of space. As a teacher, when I hold a strong space of possibility for them, they simply respond to the space and start transforming.
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I’ve been exploring casually the science of human’s inner space in the last 2 years using power of visualization. It was only last year that I started teaching it in my yoga class. On this Monday, I had an astounding experience with a Fasting group because I was able to take the students beyond their self-imposed limitations of their mind. It not only fundamentally shifted their understanding experientially about power of the mind but also increased their self confidence in their own body and practice. For me, it gave me so much fulfilment in moving them into the space of possibilities which is the real purpose of Yoga.
Basically, what I did was I took them through a simple experiment of showing them the power of visualization in integrating the intention and body-mind into creating a new reality in their practice. Next, I performed the different yoga sequences like Surya Namaskar and a few challenging postures while they observed my movements and body language. Then they visualized themselves performing the exact movements in their inner space and finally they just moved into manifesting the same thing in reality.
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Last Saturday, I attended a very enlightening and enriching parenting workshop called “Space of a Child” conducted by Ma Rishi Advait who is the Head of Enlightened Education in Nithyananda Dhyanapeeta, a Vedic school in Bangalore, India. The topic was about “Teens and Tantrums in Children”. The biggest click I got out of the session about teenagers was – the Power of Listening. I realized that many of the problems we face with modern teenagers can be solved if only we listen to them without judging and stop making them what we want them to be.
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