MEDITATION FOR CHILDREN
Your child is curious about your meditation practice, or has heard about meditation, try to guide them toward their own daily practice. It could help them grow into responsible, productive and happy human beings.
Start early, as soon as age 7, and encourage them to join you when you meditate. Younger children can start off with one minute of silence, and set a positive intention for the day, and expand their meditation practice from there.
Meditation releases tension in the mind, according to a growing number of studies, and with a relaxed mind, we don't react or overreact to things that might have otherwise upset us in the past. Instead, in meditation we see those thoughts objectively, acknowledge them and then let them float away. We don't hold onto them or take things personally.
Here are just three reasons kids should learn to meditate for their wellbeing:
1. Mental Focus
Whether they're at home or school, they can learn to be more mindful of the present moment. When children have a hard time focusing, cry easily, or get overly excited, meditation can help them rub with only what's in front of them
2. Stress Reduction
With so much pressure to perform in today's world, meditation allows them to relax, breathe, and ground themselves to feel comfortable in their own body. This helps them better handle stress in the classroom, especially when learning new subjects or taking exams.
3. Peer Pressure Coping
The years of adolescence can be an extremely anxious time. Meditation can help center and calm them, making peer pressure less of an issue. Instead, they'll learn to trust their own inner wisdom to guide them through a maze of decisions, while being more mindful of their actions.
Meditation benefits can happen immediately or over time, but starting them at a young age can help focus their lives in a positive, grounded direction.