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August 1st, 2012 by Janina

Meditation Wands for Children


These are fun to make and YES they really work!

I cannot take credit for these. I got this idea from the head teacher at my church, who by the way is an amazing spirit and caregiver. Every other week I help out in the preschool class and have seen children quiet their minds using these.

It’s beautiful.

The idea is to use the wands like mala or rosary beads.

Starting at one end of the wand, take one bead between two fingers and take a breath ” In and out”

and then move on to the next bead until you have taken 10 breaths.


Sometimes we call these “Wishing Wands” where we make a good wish with every bead,

then we bring our hands to prayer pose with the wand in between our palms and rub our hands together.

(As if your warming up your hands)

After your wishes are all warmed up

Open up your hands and blow the wishes out into the world.

Here is what you will need to make some:


crafting wire

1/2 to 3/4 inch size beads (larger beads are easier for the little fingers)

 pliers and wire cutters

  • Have your child pick out their favorite beads. I made these with 10 beads each.
  • Eyeball and cut enough wire to string the beads on and leave about 1 1/2 to 2 inches extra .
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    Using the pliers make a small loop at one end of the wire.

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    Start beading. Or better yet let your little one do this.

  • Close up the wand with another loop, but leave about an inch extra wire to allow easy movement of the beads.

Pass them out to the little yogis in your life!


March 3rd, 2012 by Janina

Tummy Tea

Hooray for Tummy Tea!

This is THE tea I whip up whenever we have any sort of tummy ache around here. The herbs used are all soothing digestive aids, so you can sip on this tea any time to support your digestion. I often sip on some after dinner or first thing in the morning. It’s super easy to make and your likely to already have the ingredients in your spice rack. The fennel is sweet in taste so the children don’t mind taking it at all and if they are feeling fussy about it, I add a pinch of honey to entice them.

 Tummy Tea

aka CCF Tea (cumin, coriander, fennel)

1 tsp whole Cumin seeds

1 tsp whole Coriander seeds

1 tsp whole Fennel seeds

Place all the seeds into a tea ball, place ball in cup and add 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 1-2 minutes and serve.

Be well~