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The Miracle Of Using Sacred Mantras For Kids And Families

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If you’re a spiritual parent you most likely have already introduced  your children certain elements of spirituality. You may have tried experimented with meditation techniques for children, or using prayer, and you’ve perhaps read them many bedtime stories with religious or spiritual themes. I’m going to suggest that you add a new element to your kid’s spiritual practice: mantras.

Mantras are sacred words or chants that originated in Hinduism in India four thousand years ago, but which are now used in many different spiritualities, ranging from yoga to Buddhism. Mantras are excellent for a variety of reasons. They are fantastic for introducing children to different religions. They’re also great as memory exercises (try playing a game of “Remember the mantra” for a quick memory boost), and they’re amazing at introducing certain attitudes, beliefs and mentalities.

Say for instance that your child is struggling to focus. Simply reciting the seed mantra Om will quite quickly calm the child down, helping them to find focus, which then improves their abilities at school. This is just one of myriad ways in which mantras can help in your child’s development.

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Why teach mantras to kids

There are a great many different reasons why you might want to teach mantras to your kids. First of all, mantras are a great way of getting kids into culture. These days, kids are too much at the influence of entertainment, media and celebrities. I don’t want to say too much about media and celebrity, but it goes without saying that it’s not necessarily a positive influence. When you teach your kids mantras you give them a fun way of accessing culture, spirituality and (if it’s fitting for you) religion.

The second reason you might want to teach mantras to kids is to teach them positivity. Whether you’re using religious or non-religious mantras, there are positive messages to learn. Hinduism, Christianity and other religions include important lessons about humility, love, kindness and more. When you give a child a simple mantra, you provide them with a positive message that gets them thinking positively. Even a very basic English mantra like “We are one” can quite quickly teach your child that they are connected to other people, and that we are all responsible for one another. Such a mantra helps to develop a sense of social belonging, which can be of great value to a child’s development.

There are myriad different ways in which you can use mantras with your child. But it ultimately comes down to one thing: when you use a mantra, you’re providing a very simple and very clear positive message. Consider the following list of mantras, for example:

Example mantras for kids

  • “I give love and kindness to all”
  • “I am thankful for all I have”
  • “I feel happy and peaceful”
  • “I am good.”
  • “I am loved and loving.”

These mantras share two key ingredients. For starters, they are very simple. The child will quite quickly learn the mantra and remember it. This is important because ideally your child should continue to think about the mantra for many days or weeks. The second commonality is that they all provide a clear positive message. Whether the message is about peace or love, there is some positive mentality to be learnt. It’s important that the message (the lesson) be immediately obvious and very easy to remember. The simple the message, the more likely the child is to retain it.

Playing games with mantras

One of the best ways to introduce children to mantras is through games. There are many different mantra games that you can play. Essentially, any childs word game can be quite readily converted into a mantra game. My favorite mantra game, however, is a singing game, in which you sit with the child clapping to a rhythm and reciting a mantra. This is very simple to do. Simply pick a mantra that uses single syllable sounds / words (for instance, “Sa Ta Na Ma”) and then rhythmically chant the mantra while clapping. Essentially, it’s “Patter cake patter cake baker’s man” but with using a mantra.

Which mantras are best for kids?

English mantras:

“I am calm and happy.”

“We are one.”

“I am lovable.”

“I am safe.”

“I love all.”

“I smile inside and out.”

Spiritual Mantras

“Om” and “Om mani pade hum” (read more) 

Sa Ta Na Ma is the most important kundalini yoga meditation for change. Sa Ta Na Ma vaguely translates to Existence, Life, Dead, Rebirh.   The Sa Ta Na Ma mantra for change is to be used alongside specific mudras (hand positions) as well as sounds and specific mind focus. (read more)

I am happy: 

I am Happy, I am Good
I am happy
I am good
I am happy
I am good
Satnam, satnam, satnam -ji!
Wahe guru wahe guru wahe guru ji;

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