'Meditation playdates': The best of both worlds for parents and young kids
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On a meditation playdate, children ages 0 to 3 explore simple toys and interact with others in the room while parents are guided through a 25-minute meditation. Seattle mom Ela Compton created ParentsPause, a mindfulness practice to help parents be silently present and open to whatever unfolds within the sometimes chaotic environment that young children can create.
She explains that this unique setting offers “a very different perspective than meditating on our own in some peaceful, secluded spot” by providing parents with real-life scenarios and “an opportunity to pause in the middle of the storm and … consciously respond, rather than just react, in a compassionate and constructive way.”
Seattle Mindfulness Center (6306 Phinney Ave. N.), every Wednesday in May, 10 to 10:45 am. $15 drop-in or five-class punch card for $70. Free introductory class available.