In his dream, Oli was swimming in the sea and was chased by a shark that turned into a crocodile who subsequently morphed into a monster. As he had been swimming as fast as he could away from the monster, he finally reached the coast, in which my wife Angel and I were both sitting and working on our computers.
Oli was screaming on top of his lungs for us to help him and save his life, but we had been consumed in our laptops we could not hear him at all, and didn't even notice that he was there. Oli woke up just a second before the creature up him.
What do you believe? What's the message? Too much technology in our own life?
We've recently decided to turn off our computers and I-phones daily at 4pm when our kids return home from school; a hard decision in a world where everyone expects you to be accessible 24 hours each day and answer your emails, texts and Facebook messages on the spot.
We see a lot of families participated with their children and more with their beautiful faces turned right into a little display. Let us try to consciously be present with our children before they're consumed by a sea monster!
Want to do something interesting that will bring you and your kids closer together in the extra time generated in the lack of technologies? Try the next little yoga class with the whole family!
1. Place some fun music and have the most experienced yogi from the family lead everyone via a Sun Salutation and other movements for another family members to mirror. There is no talking. Everyone follows the movements of the pioneer silently.
One at a time, all the family members take turns being the leader for a few minutes.
2. Yoga Poses Connecting
Each one of the family members selects three of their favorite yoga poses for everyone to connect through. In pairs or as a group, we explore different methods for doing this pose together.
We could hold hands; do the pose in front of or behind each other, side-by-side or straight. We can even perform the pose one in addition to one another! The only rule when we invent new poses is that it should feel good to all participants. We take three or more deep breaths in each partner or class pose we create.
3. Breathing -- Shapes Breathing
Sitting down, 1 person guides others the way to breathe by requesting them to follow the movements of the hands with their breath. If he raises his hand upward (gradually ), it means to inhale; when he moves his hands , it means to maintain the breath; and when he moves his hands back, it means to overeat.
Try any form you want!
Stairs are my favorite. Do it for a minute or 2 and you'll feel deeply relaxed. Of course switch leaders.
4. Comfort -- Anaconda Snake
Everybody (except the very first person) lie along with their head on the abdomen of the relative . We breathe deeply and feel how we lift and lower each other's head with our gut as we breathe. We close our eyes and we all hear and feel the breath moving like waves, so helping us go deeper and deeper in the relaxation.
Don't hurry to get up, and complete with lots of cuddles and kisses... Enjoy!