It’s me Laura Lemon Tree here!! Drum roll pleeaassseee!
Well well, it's been nearly two years working on my own guided meditations for children, and to all the people who've heard me going on about it; THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!!
I honestly couldn't have done this without the amazing support I've had from my boyfriend, friends, and family and technical legend Abe :)
After two years researching, writing, recording and producing, my children's meditations have finally been released into the world and are ready to download on CD Baby!
Now they're finished for all to hear, I wanted to take the time to tell you all a bit more about why it was so important to me to do this, and my journey in making them...
How Meditation Helped me
Those of you who know me know that I underwent a massively life-changing illness in 2012, being admitted to hospital with multiple brain legions and later being diagnosed with Aggressive Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and epilepsy as a result of my brain surgery. (If you're interested you can read more of my story on my homepage)
During my recovery, one of the first things that was a problem was learning to write again, I was overly conscious of everything, learning to make sense of the world (from knowing names of objects to realising how to un-screw a jam jar) was a painfully mind-blowing experience.
Writing was so painful. Making the words in my brain and trying so hard to get them onto the paper, but as I wrote down what I thought were words, it was just morse code; all dots and lines. Even though I knew what I meant, everything was just coming out as gobbledy goop.
So it did take a while to write! I had a lot of help to help understand what I wanted to say and translate that.
I felt like I had to go into another world; to sink deep into my own brain, and meditating was what really helped me to focus.
I don't know how long it would have taken me to recover without regular meditation practice. I felt like it was healing me from the inside out and I couldn't wait to share that feeling with people.
One of the most challenging things about developing the product was writing the script.
It seemed easy to make up a story, but that is where I felt challenged, I had to not let my imagination run wild.
Whilst the script needs to be engaging, I wanted to plant a seed in the heads of the children. There had to be enough structure to follow, but at the same time learning to start to connect and focus on the breath and open up the doors in the mind. Allowing them to ground themselves, but also to be free and have fun too, I wanted them to find their own pathway.
It was so frustrating and massively ironic, I wanted to make my meditations so badly but it actually hurt my head, it didn’t come easily. So I had to do more meditating to help combat the stress of writing my own guided meditations!
So, I did a lot of research and a lot of different types of meditations. I found the writing process more and more enjoyable, and the thought that I could actually help someone one day who might need to relax was hugely rewarding, I felt it would contribute positivity to society.
Why Children's meditations?
Life is constantly changing and there are so many pressures on children now; self-image, technology addiction, peer pressure and bullying, the list goes on.
I wanted to try and make children more aware of their feelings and try and maintain a positive outlook. I feel very passionate about being able to give a positive valuable life skill that you can use forever all throughout life.
When you're growing up it’s so important to figure out and understand different emotions, and I believe that meditation can be used for everyone.
Learning meditation at a young age would have been so beneficial for me, going through exams and difficult teenage times, through jobs and personal times.
So my first series of guided meditations is a gentle introduction to meditation, for parents or teachers, aimed mainly at primary school age children but suitable for babies too, though meditation has been proven to be beneficial for people of all ages. The brain is still developing and like a sponge, so information is easily absorbed.
The main objective of the meditations is to find a path in the listeners' mind that would lead them to feel relaxed, in a special place in their head that they can re-visit regularly.
So whenever they are stressed, can’t go to sleep, or simply need some time out, they can use the Guided Meditation as a handy tool to practice anywhere.
Personally, I found it really hard to sit and be still in silence, and having a voice guide you through meditating was a brilliant tool for me and helped me with my recovery so much- that is when I realised how important guided meditation can be and where I learnt to develop my own guided meditation approach.
I hope you all enjoy my meditations and that they bring you and your children (or your siblings, nieces, nephews, friends etc!) much peace and relaxation.
They are truly made with so much love from me to you.
Laura Lemon Tree