Ever felt alone in the world? We all have. These feeling are usually temporary, but can become overwhelming at times, especially for tweens and teens who are trying to find their way and discover who they are. In reality we are all connected, one to another. The universal human condition, the inhalation and exhalation, impact us all. This game uses this connection to focus and enjoy trying to connect with someone far away. It will help reduce feelings of isolation and imprint uplifting thoughts for others and self upon the soul. So whenever you are feeling alone, send joy and notice how quickly you feel better.
You can do this activity anywhere, anytime: during meditation or while sitting waiting for the traffic light to change.
Sit quietly for a few minutes. Focus on your breath, the rhythmic rise and fall of the inhalation and exhalation. Bring to mind a far away country…one you know little about so that your mind is not clouded by preconceived notions of economy, politics, etc. Simply know that in that country there is a person who would benefit from more joy in his or her life.
Imagine that person: their age, how tall they are, what they do for a living, the colour of their hair, etc. Add as much detail as you can.
Now imagine that he or she is suddenly feeling happy for no particular reason, simply because he or she was sent a dose of joy from you. Wish them a brighter smile, a lift in their walk, a sense of well-being. Image them stopping during their hectic day to enjoy something wonderful: a butterfly, a snowflake, the smell of freshly baked bread. Imagine that person appreciating their life just as it is right now. Imagine their surprise at the sudden good feeling inside and how that makes them be kinder to others, who in turn pay it forward. Your good intentions have set off an avalanche of joy.
Marvel at how good it feels to send joy to a complete stranger.
Variations: Do this for someone you know, but don’t ever tell him or her. Or feel the joy others are sending you.
You have to listen inside yourself…just the way you strain to hear the dog barking in the hills, or the train rushing by in the night, or the rustle of birds in the leaves of the trees, or the church bells from a chruch you can’t see, or a boat whistle in the fog. If you listen hard you’ll feel someone far away sending love to you. ~exerpt from If You Listen by Charlotte Zolotow
Visit the Yoga Games page for more ideas on fun, engaging and interactive ways of sharing yoga with kids and teens.