This morning we had a pretty bad start to our day.
All three little ones had woken up tired and in a grumpy mood, and Emily, who is quite a perfectionist, was struggling to make her bed look perfect.
While I was explaining to her that it did not need to be perfect I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have just a few minutes to meditate and regain focus, peace and calm.
Then I remembered my friend Angie writing about Enso meditation a little while ago. Enso is the Japanese word for circle, and “symbolizes enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void.” It also is an exercise in imperfection.
Angie has written about her first experience with painting an Enso , and she has also written about how she practiced Enso meditation with her daughter. Angie is one of my favourite people and I am so grateful that we are friends.
If you haven’t yet I really, really urge you to read Angie’s blog, so much of what we do in our home to encourage mindfulness is inspired by her words. You can also find her on Etsy and Facebook.
After re-reading Angie’s suggestions and words about Enso meditation I lit a candle, got out our watercolours, paintbrushes and watercolour paper and briefly explained to Emi what we were going to do. I put on our favourite meditaton music.
We started gently, drawing the circles with just one stroke. It was tricky at first, getting the right amount of colour and water onto our brush.
George and Arthur got very interested and asked to join in.
At first Emily was trying really hard to make her circles perfect, so I asked her to close her eyes, imagine the circle in her head and then draw that very circle, no matter how it looked.
I then asked her whether it felt good to draw the circle and we talked about how nothing is ever really perfect, and how that is okay.
We drew more and more Ensos, and I could feel everyone getting calmer and much more grounded.
We experimented with using different colours and drawing several Ensos on top of each other, too.
What I found really interesting was that after about an hour of painting we all naturally felt that we were finished.
We were left with a huge collection of beautifully imperfect Ensos. Some of them will be sent to friends as greeting cards and some are displayed in our home as a reminder that things do not have to be perfect to be beautiful.
I think we will try to start all our days with Enso meditation, it was a wonderful experience and I think both me and the little ones will really benefit from it.
Have you tried Enso meditation with your little ones?
Have a wonderful day.