I love spirals! A few years ago I went to a women’s retreat (Women’s Red Spiral) and we each brought a stone to contribute to the spiral and then paint red. It was beautiful and a great memory. Spirals are great for a lot of purposes, but a stone spiral circle is used frequently for meditating. You make them big enough so it is like a path to walk. If you need to de-stress, want to meditate, or just connect with nature this is a great way to do it. Just take a deep breath (ground and centre) and walk the spiral to relax and let your concerns fall away.
I decided it was time to introduce my daughter to meditating and stone spirals, but in an age appropriate way for a three-year old.
- Canvas for painting
- Coloured paint: green, brown, silver, white, black
- Sponge and paint brush
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Assorted stones
- Dampen your sponge a bit and squeeze out the access water.
- Put some dots of paint on your canvas, green and brown mostly, I like to add some silver to add a bit of shimmer.
- Use your damp sponge to lightly brush the sponge across the canvas and mix the colours together.
- While that dries, take the kids outside to collect some little stones.
- Using a paint brush, I used black paint any colour you want will work though, paint a spiral on the canvas, starting from the centre and working its way out.
- Heat the glue gun and try to tap off some of the dirt off the stones or they won’t glue as well.
- Using the glue gun attach the stones one at a time to your spiral.
To play with your spiral you can teach your child a few different ways, these were my favourites:
I taught her to use her finger and try to deep breath as she traced the spiral to the centre with her finger, then back out again still tracing with her finger.
I went through her toys and found little Strawberry Shortcake figurines and brought those out for the kids. Using the figurines they “walked” the spiral with the figurines and traversed the stone spiral in and out with them.
It may not exactly be meditating but it’s a start to get them to calm down and relax, maybe learning some breaths as they go. I love the look of concentration on their face as they focus on the spiral, I may even use this if she is freaking out and needs some help calming down.
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