The mantram is a wonderful gift to
share with your children. Here are some tips and ideas to try out for different
Before your baby is born, and with babies and young children, you can
repeat your own mantram aloud and silently – virtually at any time! When you’re
walking, cuddling, feeding, singing, putting them to bed, you can often say
your own mantram with them.
When they’re scared, sad, or upset,
say the mantram aloud with them. And when you’re feeling impatient or tired,
your own repetition of the mantram will help everyone because you’ll be
creating an atmosphere of peace and calm.
If your children are old enough to
choose their own mantram, you could go through the list of recommended mantrams
together and let them choose their own one. Some families share the same one to increase family unity.
There are lots of good opportunities
for repeating the mantram together at this age – either aloud, silently, or by
writing it. Good mantam times in daily life are before meals, at bedtime, while
walking, and when at the doctor’s or dentist’s. You could also suggest they
experiment with repeating the mantram when they’re feeling worried, sad, or
angry. Try to do fun activities with the mantram too,
such as singing the mantram, repeating
it while watering plants, feeding pets, and enjoying nature.
When you’re telling stories, you could
create examples of how the hero repeats their mantram to give them extra
courage and strength. You can also write the mantram together, perhaps for a
few minutes in the evening at bedtime.
You could share with your teenager how
the mantram has helped you in practical ways, and share when you use it on a
daily basis. You could then offer the list of recommended mantrams so they
could choose one. It’s helpful for teenagers to have creativity and a
feeling of experimentation with the mantram so that they can discover the power
of the mantram for themselves. You could remind them to repeat the mantram when
they’re going through challenging times, such as when they’re feeling anxious
before an exam, either by silent repetition or writing it.
Your own repetition of the mantram
will create a spiritual atmosphere at home which they’ll absorb and benefit
from for years to come.
“Whenever your child is afraid or
angry, just teach him or her to repeat the mantram. And the very best way to
teach a child anything is for the father and mother to practice it themselves.
The mantram may take a while to catch on, but it will give your children armor
that the forces of life cannot break.”
– Eknath Easwaran