One of my goals as a parent is to instill deeply inside my kids a meditation identity. I would like for them to incorporate meditation as a part of who they are- so much so that it will be second nature to them to wake up and meditate, just as it is to wake up and eat breakfast.
I want them to see themselves as people who take care of their minds, not just their bodies. I love James Clear’s insight about creating better habits in life, where he beautifully explains how you can only truly solidify a certain habit when it becomes who you are:
“The root of behavior change and building better habits is your identity.” James Clear
For the first time in my life, I have been able to establish a meditation habit for myself for an entire year now, and have seen and felt first hand the amazing beneficial effects it has had in my life and in the life of my family. (Check out the amazing science-based benefits of meditation here). Throughout this entire year, I have meditated mostly everyday and have consistently read, learned about and applied meditation to my daily life as much as possible. Included in this routine is talking to my kids about the importance of meditation any chance I get, and letting them see me prioritizing it everyday.