Last week I facilitated a meditation circle with a group of pretty cool girls. These girls were students in a Girls Who Code Summer Camp by Florida Tech’s WeVenture. They are our future engineers in the technological arena.
Meditation and Technology, how in the world does that fit together? I started out with paraphrasing a couple of definitaions I found at Businessdirectory.com and webster.com Techonolgy: the purposeful application of information, that is utilize to make goods and services, invent useful things or to solve problems as well as organize human activities. We talked about the tangible technology we use everyday, but what about the intangible technology that is found within our inner worlds. I am talking about our imagination, intuition, dreams and our emotions.
If we want advancement in ourselves and communities we are going to have to learn to access and use our inner technology with excitement and creativity. Teaching our teenage girls, their intuition and emotions are nothing to be feared, and a reliable tool for our survival, supports the entire community. “The cure for pain is in the pain”‘ Rumi. Coming up with creative ways in which our teenage girls can continue toning their imaginative muscles is the future of our culture. “Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attractions”, Einstein
Outer technology is not possible without inner technology. Inner technology unexpressed is a tragedy. “You have wings , learn to use them and fly” Rumi.
For me, meditation has been the key to unlocking the door to my inner technology it has also fostered the courage to express myself and bring my dreams forth. It has been the process of being quiet with myself that has uncovered a great inner peace. The process of going into my emotions as Rumi suggests has been my answer.
If you are seeking to help your teenage girl create goods and services and invent useful things that support her life and the lives around her, supporting her tone her inner technological muscles is the task at hand. Here are a few ideas:
- Let her be imaginative: One to the girls in the group confirmed, when she was given a project from a teacher and was told to use her imagination, she still had to stay in the lines. Create opportunities and give your teen girl permission to color outside the lines.
- Play intuition games, this shows her relying on her intuition is normal and nothing to fear. For example when the phone rings, encourage her to guess who it is before looking. When she asks you a question, ask her what does her gut says before answering the question. This was my favorite “game” to play with teen girls, it helps them tune in to their inner power.
- Encourage her to keep a dream journal and write down her dreams from the night before. I have been documenting my dreams since I was 13. My childhood best friend and I would talk about our dreams all the time.
- Don’t dismiss her emotions. Let her experience them fully by listening and supporting.
As a parent and mentor notice what comes up for you. I have found when we stifle anything in someone else, it is because we are struggling to understand it ourselves. These ideas for tapping into our inner technology are for all of us.