First Graders Finding the Silence

During our meditation this morning, as I got to the part in which I asked the kids to become aware of the silence, the world seemed out to sabotage us. Loud trucks rumbled by, jet engines roared endlessly, and it seemed there was no break in the environmental noise.

I was certainly not finding the silence.

When we came out of the meditation, I half-jokingly asked the children if any of them were able to find the silence. Thinking no one would have found it, their answers touched me and almost brought tears to my eyes:

I found it around the bird songs because I’m by the window. 
I found it in my breath.  
I found silence with the jet.  
I felt it in the middle.
I found the silence in the brief moments when the jet passed by.
I heard the silence between the jets. 

I found it between the window and the tree outside.
I found it between my breath and the jet.
I found it in my heart.

Then one handed me a tissue and said, “In case you actually cry.”

I love these guys!


Katybeth March 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

Pass the tissue please.

Janice March 12, 2011 at 7:56 AM  


Alexis Ahrens March 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

I love when "teaching" touches my heart in this way. It doesn't happen when we're forcing irrelevant facts on them. It happens when we respect them as humans, and share the human experience together.

ShanaRose March 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

Wow, I feel breathless.

I found your blog by googling meditation for moms. Most of what I found were short meditation for the busy set, but what I needed was something to help me ground and reconnect to the best part of me so I could share it with my newborn son. I've only read a few posts, but in reading your About the Author post from 2008 I feel very kindred. I couldn't have written better about my intentions as a new mother, at least not yet :) I hope you come by my blog sometime to share your wisdom and inspiration when it strikes.

Alexis Ahrens March 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

Hi ShanaRose, and welcome! I'm glad this resonates for you. Congratulations on your little "salamander." I look forward to browsing your blog. It seems we have much in common.

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