By Karen Best Wright, B.S. Holistic Health & Wellness Educator
I need to take a break from my Statistics class, so I just had to write about my latest most coolest experience.
After my granddaughters (the ones I raised for 6 years and 8 months) went home after the holidays, the youngest (age 9) was having a hard time with missing me, particularly when she was tired and needed to go to sleep. Apparently, she was crying a bit more than usual. I know I am more emotional when I am tired too. Well, to help her relax and not miss me quite so much, I made a relaxation CD for her to play when she went to bed. She already had a CD of us singing family songs together, but she had listened to it so much is was pretty much destroyed (so I burned another copy of that one too). However, the family-song homemade CD was not soothing. It was meant to be fun, not meditative.
So I let my imagination start working. I put a meditation CD into my laptop and turned on my sound recorder and spoke to her. I guided her through a relaxation meditation for 15 minutes. I then burned it on a CD and mailed it to her. It was particularly relaxing to me as well, as I guided her mentally through a forest and into a meadow. I told her ahead of time that this would help her not miss me as much, as she would get to hear me talk to her as we walked hand-in-hand together every night when she listened to it.
This evening she called me to tell me that she received the CD and listened to it last night. I asked her how it was. She replied, "Oh, it worked very well." I laughed and told her how cute she was. To her total confusion, I tried to explain how she had spoken so grammatically correct. I tried to explain about adjectives and adverbs until I realized that I was only confusing her more. So I just emphasized that I liked how she spoke, and that I was really glad the CD helped.
I plan to make another CD for her. This next time we will journey to some really cool places like caves filled with crystals and waterfalls and maybe even float on the clouds while we listen to soothing music together. Maybe we will even play in the ocean and build castles with crystal white sand. We are limited only by my imagination and her enthusiasm.
Now if you other grandparents do something similar, please share. Our grandchildren need us whether or not we are raising them.
Karen Wright, Holistic Health & Wellness Educator