- In a society of competition, constant stress, over-stimulation through media, and perhaps bullying at school, it can be a challenge to keep kids happy. That’s why TheDailyMeditation.com has created this guide to teaching kids to meditate.
- I’ve been teaching and writing about meditation for ten years. In that time I’ve taught and / or been read by over a million people. I’ve also helped thousands of parents to teach meditation to their children. I know from first hand experience that meditation is immensely beneficial to children. And I would love to help you to get your kids meditating today.
- Meditation will boost your child’s happiness and health in as little as twenty minutes. So, let’s get started.
Research proves that your children will be happier after meditating
Longitudinal research proves that today’s youth experience higher levels of pressure and stress than any previous generation of children. Sadly, we live in a day and age where stress is inherent in society. “The stress of getting good grades, high scores on standardized tests, and accepted at top-ranked colleges doesn’t encourage happy family dynamics,” says developmental psychologist Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D.
But there are solutions. There are ways that you, as a caring parent, can help your kids to overcome stress. One of the best ways is by teaching them to meditate.
As a meditation teacher, many parents have asked me whether meditation is safe for children. “It seems a bit too serious,” they say. Honestly, I understand that. To a Western audience meditation does indeed sound serious. But it only sounds serious because we associate meditation with religion and spirituality. In the East, meditation is a fairly standard health practice. There, children have been meditating for thousands of years. To Eastern parents, meditation is no big deal. And so it will be in the West, once we have grown more accustomed to it.
Naturally, you should always consult a doctor before beginning meditation (and that’s true for both you yourself and for your kids). But the simple fact of the matter is that the benefits of meditation far outweigh the cons.
In a world of sensory overload and school, family and internal pressure, kids need meditation as much as adults. Meditation helps kids develop focus and regulate their own emotions. When you teach your kids to meditate you’ll be helping them to stay mentally strong and healthy.
And if that’s not enough, just consider these benefits that meditation offers your children.
There are more than 110 proven health benefits of meditation. The following, however, are some of the most important benefits of meditation for kids.
Meditation greatly helps children to develop their focus and attention. It can, for instance, be very helpful for children with ADHD, though it is also helpful for focus and attention in general.
Meditation removes negative thoughts along with worries. For teens, for instance, it can help them to overcome the stress associated with peer pressure. By teaching meditation to kids you help them to be positive and to avoid negativity.
Meditation offers numerous important health benefits, including boosting the immune system and helping with breathing.
It boosts present-moment mindfulness.
These are just some of the benefits of meditation for kids. Teaching meditation to kids is basically going to help your children to be happier, healthier, calmer, and more well behaved.
I recommend reading this complete list of health benefits to see how meditation can help your child.
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