At age 22, I experienced meditation for the first time. In the midst of the chaos that was my life at the time, I found inner tranquility and stillness. I wasn’t aware of how badly I craved this tranquility, this very tangible and accessible peace, until I was taught how to do it. My first thought as I left the retreat and reoriented myself to my day to day life was “Why didn’t I learn this sooner?” That first experience amazed me. It altered the course of my career, it taught me a great deal about mindfulness and it truly changed the rest of my life.
It took a ten day silent meditation retreat for me to experience the wonder of meditation. However, meditation is a gift that you can give your children, and your entire family, right now.
The benefits of meditation for children are easily found with a few clicks – schools that have introduced mindfulness meditation programs have seen GPAs skyrocket, school violence rates drop drastically, and have found that these children are better equipped to deal with stress and conflict than their non-meditating peers. Perhaps more importantly, those benefits translate into every area of a child’s life – including family dynamics. Families who meditate together, even infrequently, are often relieved of some of the frustrations that come standard with parenting. Their children are less likely to be overly medicated and for good reason. Meditation fosters mindfulness and a clear understanding of how we relate to ourselves and our world in young and old alike. It is as important to the health and well-being of your child as choosing to feed them organic, healthy meals.
Let’s quickly address the elephant in the room – if meditation is ‘easy’, takes only a few minutes, and is literally accessible to anyone, anywhere…why isn’t everyone meditating? Mindfulness requires discipline and practice. Friends and family may question why you choose to ‘sit and do nothing’, or ask your children to do the same. It’s worth it. Overworked, overstressed parents – hold on to hope! Experts say just a few minutes a day of meditation can be hugely beneficial – even if you have a wiggle worm who won’t sit still.
As a fertility acupuncturist, I am truly blessed to be able to help others reach that place of quiet, blissful stillness that I experienced almost two decades ago. Acupuncture is the sister science to the art of meditation. For expectant mothers, acupuncture is a gift to both mothers to be and their unborn child – it truly is baby’s first meditation, an introduction to that deeply rejuvenating place that exists within ourselves. If you haven’t already, experience it for yourself, and then give your child the very real gift of meditation – one that could change their lives.
by: Angela Le, co-founder of Fifth Avenue Fertility, is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist and fertility expert. Together with leading reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Sami David and internationally recognized male infertility expert Dr. Marc Goldstein, Angela offers the best of Western and Eastern medicine embraced in the first integrative practice dedicated exclusively to reproductive health in New York City. Learn more at www.fifthavenueacupuncture.com.