Teaching your child mantras is the same as teach your child prayers, it is naturally started at an early age in the home by the parents or caregivers who already make the practice or prayers, mantra and meditation a regular part of their own life. It is instilling cherished core moral values at the start of young life and a practice they will take into adulthood. It is done so naturally and effectively that teaching your child to use mantras is taken for granted as something you do just like eating every day and not so structured necessarily like teaching your child how to read is done formally in school.
A mantra is a short prayer repeated over and over
A mantra also like prayer and meditation is done to invoke spiritual presence by sacred speech and taking the time to listen throughout your day or by meditation making special time just for listening and tuning in to the still small voice within. It’s a form of concentration and of quieting and focusing the mind. Often time mantras like prayers do not seem to have a meaning you can understand out right but the syllables of the words are embedded with spiritual meaning like Om, Ah or um, in which the mind and soul understand. The mantra itself usually deals with the qualities of God, and a reminder of those qualities. The mantra for example if it’s about compassion the idea behind it is to be able to evoke the compassion of God.
Your child usually picks up on the mantras you already use if you are reciting them out loud in the home or in your car. This is the easiest way for your child to begin using mantras, just like learning how to talk. First the child watches you and your behavior and then like a tape recording they mimic your sound and intonation. He or she can repeat them after you or say them with you just like you would bedtime prayers with your child
They are also watching and feeling for your state of mind, which the child also takes upon themselves intuitively to have reverence for the principle be instilled or called upon. Over time you can speak to your child about mantras and their meanings and what the whole process is about.
You can also experience the qualities even while knowing nothing about what the mantra means
After chanting a mantra for some time many people not the change in the quality of their experience. The mantra can be chanted internally or out loud and you can practice being mindful or aware of the sensation or vibrations of your body, soul and mind. (see video)
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