This morning, Tino asked to come outside and meditate with me. He grabbed a peacock ore crystal and a mat. I grabbed my mat and amythyst. We chose a spot in the sun. He connected his mat to mine. I reminded him that when we meditate, we are listening to God. I told him to feel God in all the nature that surrounded us. I pointed to a bird flying in the sky and reminded him that God lives inside and takes care of all living things. I called his attention to all the abundance of life around us…. The trees, squirrels, bugs underneath the ground, fish in all the lakes and oceans, and even the fish and critters living in the yucky Flint river. A helicopter began flying overhead toward the hospital. I pointed to it and told him that God is taking care of all of us…. The pilot who’s trying to land safely, the nurses on board trying to take care of the sick person inside, and the sick person who is probably praying to get better. God hears all of us and gives us all that we need, just at the time we need it. Then, we rubbed our fingers through the grass. I told him we were like one tiny, little blade of grass among all the billions of people and other life existing on Earth. He pulled one blade of grass up and looked at it. I reminded him that even that tiny blade of grass needs the right amount of sun, rain, and nutrients to survive and God gives the grass so much love and care that it grows back every year, even after I cut it every week in the summer. Then, he looked at his crystal and remembered that God makes them too. I said, “they are found deep in caves and they’re really hard to get to, but God grows them and created them to give off energy to help us feel good.”
I told him to close his eyes, breathe deep, and feel the wind and sun touching his face, listen to to the birds and other sounds of life all around us. We both did it. Together. Side by side, in lotus position, crystals in hand…. We sat in silence for about 10 minutes. We opened our eyes and then, something really powerful happened; I taught him how to hear God.
“When you have a problem, and you need God’s help in knowing what to do, just sit down, close your eyes, and speak to God with your heart. Say how you feel and ask a question, then, listen for the answer. It won’t sound like a big deep voice coming from the sky because God lives inside of us. It will probably sound like your own voice, but instead of hearing words in your mind, you will feel it come from your belly and heart. It will probably be something different than what you would normally think, and it will feel really good. You will feel strong, confident, and peaceful. The answer will make you feel a warm sense of joy and love. When you open your eyes, you will know exactly what to do.
If you ever feel icky about something, stop what you’re doing and sit down to ask God what you should be doing instead. When you feel that peaceful answer rise up, be obedient. Do what you saw in your mind and follow what God showed you in your heart.
Lastly, the most important thing to do is to say, ‘Thank you’. The more you listen, the more you will be able to hear. The more you are thankful, the more God will bless you.”
At that moment, I realized, this was the most powerful lesson I could ever teach my six year old Sun:
Hearing God’s Voice.