Meditation For Kids Books To Help You Teach
Should Kids Learn About Meditation?
The one thing we’d like to clarify, which might also be the source of speculation about whether it should be practiced by kids or not, is that meditation is not a religion, nor is it a cult.
Meditation is a practice that brings peace of mind, alertness and focus, as well as positivity to anyone who is willing enough to make it a part of their lifestyle.
So yes, children can learn how to meditate, too. Doing so will help mold their perception into one that is positive, and will allow them to see things in that light, as they grow up.
Adults (like us, before we found out about the amazing benefits of meditation) have hard-wired negative vibes. We often jump to negative conclusions when faced with challenges. Likewise, we give in to stress instead of controlling it.
Children’s minds are more open and accepting, and are more free from these anxieties. Furthermore, their way of thinking is more easily adaptable to new concepts and insights so teaching them how to meditate now, while they’re young, will be beneficial to them especially in the long run.
Benefits Kids Can Get From Meditation
Kids don’t experience the same amount of stress that we do. However, it’s best to build their foundation of self-awareness and positivity so that they can make it their way of life as they grow up. What they can benefit from meditating? See below:
1. The ability to focus at hand, and lengthen that focus into long term
2. Build lasting self-confidence, instead of comparing themselves with others
3. Good management of challenges and tasks in school, at home, and outside
4. Create energy within themselves and not feel burnt out
5. Lengthen attention span
6. Achieve a calm state of mind
Ways Of Teaching Meditation To Kids
One thing is for sure, a child’s attention span will last no more than 45 minutes, and 45 minutes is pushing it. This is why a lot of adults have trouble getting them to retain important knowledge because they think that more time equals more gained information.
The opposite is what actually happens in reality. In addition, it is best to condense learning in short bursts of time so that the young mind can process it and commit it to memory without being forced to.
Studies have shown that children who are taught within 30 minutes retain more knowledge than those who are taught within an hour.
In the same way, this very information is what you can use to train them.
1. In a quiet room, clear their space of anything that might be a distraction to them (toys, books, etc.)
2. Have them close their eyes to further shut out distractions.
3. Through basic Pranayama (click here for more details), tell them to focus only on their breathing. They should inhale from their nostrils, hold their breath for 5 seconds, and exhale through the same.
4. Let them get imaginative by asking them to picture themselves in a beautiful, peaceful place.
5. Practice this regularly.
To further guide you in training kids how to meditate, here are a few materials we recommend that you and your young one start with Thich Nhat Hanh’s “A Handful Of Quiet.”
The book puts emphasis on using simple and natural pebbles, four to be exact, as a stepping stone if you will into the world of meditation for kids. Thich Nhat Hanh is able to create a colorful, almost whimsical approach to the practice so that children (and adults alike, if you wish to read this book as well) can have fun in learning about how to meditate.