Meditation Can Help Calm Your Kids
Meditation For Kids And Meditation For Adults
The difference? None. Both have the same goal and the same basic principles. Meditation as a form remains the same even when practiced by differing ages and practiced in different ways. The goal is always to be able to bring the mind to a state of calm so that once that happens, the journey to self-awareness begins. Likewise, once self-awareness is achieved positivity follows and stress and anxiety will be variables you will learn to easily control and later on diminish.
Can Kids Learn Meditation
Children can definitely learn about meditation. It’s very similar to them learning an art or a skill such as painting or taekwondo. They just need to be guided properly and watched over just as a teacher would a young student.
Similarly, meditation isn’t rocket science. It shouldn’t be approached as a “subject matter” in school. This is because meditation cannot be put in a box. Free-flowing, with a pace that varies per person, meditation is an art and a practice that requires much openness and open-mindedness.
And because children’s minds are naturally open and accepting of change and of new things, this is the best age for them to learn and one day master how to clear their minds of negativity.
Do Children Go Through Stress And Anxiety?
Surprisingly, yes they do, maybe just not on the same level as adults’ experiences. They go through their own challenges in wanting to fit in, making decisions of choosing between right and wrong at home and in school, making friends, jealousy and the list goes on.
These factors at times affect their self-confidence and their outlook in life. Likewise, if they are not trained to let go of these stressors and will instead keep them bottled up, these will turn into bitterness that may linger in their adulthood, making it more difficult for them to, later on, have peace and positivity.
How To Teach Meditation To Kids
1. Be Patient. Be Very patient.
Kids are known to have a very small attention span. 30 to 45 minutes at most and after that, they’ll be distracted away from what you’re trying to teach them. So make sure that your program will last for only that long every meditation class.
2. Be Creative.
Don’t think artwork. Think “creative” as in the way you will introduce meditation to them. Remember, you’re not teaching a subject but a skill, a practice. Go outside and have them take a look at nature. You can also gather them for a quick snack and simple icebreakers before you begin. You can go to our post about a few recommended books you can use as a guide.
3. Be Yourself.
Exactly that. Be yourself. You are a guide and a teacher to the children you’ll be handling in your meditation classes. You don’t have to impress them or let them be amazed at your technique. Simply be yourself and impart the knowledge you have about meditation to these young ones and help them achieve self-awareness and self-confidence so that they can grow up having a strong sense of self and purpose no matter what challenges they may face.