For All Caring Parents: Our Free Guide To Teaching Mindfulness Meditation To Kids

Written on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 by @Paul Harrison
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Your kids deserve inner calm, peace, happiness, and health. That’s one of the reasons why I have been personally advocating meditatation to schools for many years.

In a society of competition, constant stress, overt-simulation through media, and perhaps bullying at school, it’s not easy to make sure your child is healthy and happy.

That’s why I’ve created this guide to teaching your kids to meditate. With this guide, I want to help you to make sure that your child / children are happy, healthy, and inwardly peaceful.

From time to time I will be updating this guide so please follow me on my Facebook Profile or Twitter for updates. It also is really nice for me to hear from you guys and to have your support (it let’s me know that I’m doing something right

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Now, to quickly introduce myself.

I’ve been teaching and writing about medtiation for ten years. In that time I’ve taught and / or been read by over 250,000 people. I’ve also helped thousands of parents to get their kids meditating. I know from first hand experience that meditation is immensely beneficial to children. That’s why I want to help get kids meditating.

So that’s me. Now, let’s take a quick look at why you might want to teach your child to meditate.

Longitudinal research proves that today’s youth experience higher levels of pressure and stress compared to previous generations. “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.

In a world of sensory overload and school, family and internal pressures, kids need meditation as much as adults. Meditation helps kids develop focus, regulate their own emotions and learn how to pay attention inside and out.

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Meditation isn’t precisely the same for children as it is for adults, however.

In my experience, teaching children to meditate is significantly more challenging than teaching adults.

When teaching children, it’s necessary to begin from the very beginning, with just sitting. As the Zen proverb goes, “When sitting, sit.” But this can be a challenge for children.

It really is imperative, when teaching children to meditate, that you begin with the very basics.

I’ll share some advice on how to get kids meditating in just a moment. First, though, let’s explore the benefits of meditation for children, to see precisely why meditation is so important for your kids.

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The Benefits of Meditation for 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.
  • Meditation offers numerous important health benefits, including boosting the immune system and helping with breathing (I suffer from asthma myself and can vouch for the use of meditation in treating the symptoms of asthma).
  • It makes kids more aware of their surroundings and makes them live more in the present moment.

 

I recommend reading this complete list of health benefits to see how meditation can help your child. 

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I recommend watching this video. It elucidates the importance of meditation for children, showing the affect meditation can have on schools.


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paul harrison
Paul M Harrison is a meditation teacher with more than ten years of experience. He also writes as a lifestyle journalist and author. The author of more than five books, you can find his works on his Amazon Author Page Contact him via Twitter or Facebook


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