for ages 5-13
In this class
meditate on peace
find how no-one wins from fights
how anger hurts people and starts
how strong people are peaceful and
free from fear
Have you ever wondered why people fight? Have you been in a
fight yourself? How did you feel? Were you angry? Did you want to hurt the
person you were fighting?
What about if you lost the fight, do you remember how
angry you felt? And if you won the fight, do you remember the bad feeling that
you had about hurting someone else?
Can you imagine war? Thousands of people fighting, people being injured by guns
and knives. So many angry people. Thousands of people being hurt. Imagine how
they feel. In wars many people are killed, many of them do not even know what
the war is for. The people that hurt someone else – imagine how bad they might
feel, imagine their nightmares when they sleep. Then think about how unhappy
they would feel.
Do you see how no one wins when people fight? Can you feel how people’s anger
just hurts others and hurts also the person that is angry? When you are angry,
you make others angry too, and angry people start fights, angry people start
wars that make many people unhappy.
Sometimes people think that angry people are strong. But anger comes when people
cannot hack it and they are scared. Just like a dog that barks and barks when they are scared, they are trying to make the thing that
they are barking at scared too, but really they are the most scared. Sometimes
they are scared because their mother has left or their brother fights with them,
but always there is something that has scared them.
Can you think for a moment about peace? When you are feeling peaceful, you feel
as though everyone is your friend, as though every person might be a part of
your family. When you feel peace, you are happy and strong. You feel as though
there is nothing to be afraid of and that there is nothing you cannot do.
Inside all of us there is peace and strength and also there is anger and fear.
It is up to us to decide which we want to be. Do we want to be a person that is
angry and scared and makes other people angry too? Do we want to be a person
that starts fights and wars? People like that can never be happy. Or do we want
to be a person that is peaceful and strong? A person that makes people want to
stop fighting and find peace and happiness too?
To be the peaceful person we must be strong. We need to let go of fear and anger
in our lives and think about peace and strength.
Meditation is a great way for us to focus on our strengths and let go of our
you like try a meditation with me?
Close your eyes and relax. Try not to think of other things but just for a
moment watch your breath. Feel the air flowing in and out of your body.
If you get really good at this all you will be able to notice is the air flowing
in and out.
Then can you imagine that it is not air that you are breathing in but
peace. Think about a time when you have felt very peaceful and very strong and
try and breathe in that feeling.
Breathe it in and feel the peace flowing throughout your entire body. Feel that
the peace is flowing into your heart and then down to your toes and up through
your arms and to the top of your head. Imagine that peace as a white light that
is full of strength and calmness and it is filling you with that light.
As you breathe out try imagining that you are throwing out of yourself, any fear
or anger that you might have. Throw out the anger like it was dirty water.
Breathe in and out like this for a few minutes and when you feel completely full
of peace and strength you can forget about breathing out anger and imagine that
you are breathing peace into the world. You are creating peace for others to
feel. You are helping the whole world to feel more peace, this is a very
powerful gift that you are giving.
When you are ready, relax a little but keep your eyes closed. Just for a few
moments think about how you can be more peaceful in your life. Perhaps the next
time you are about to get angry over something very small, remember that angry
people make themselves unhappy and others around them unhappy. Remember the
strength that comes from peace.
When you are ready take a couple of deep breaths and relax – your meditation is
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