Why You Should Encourage Your Children to Learn How to Meditate
“Children see magic because they look for it.”
― Christopher Moore (Tweet This)
When I was in second grade, my desk was in the corner of the room facing the “penguin wall.” We called it my “office.”
I was a little ball of energy. In school I didn’t know what to do with myself as I tried to sit still and focus. All I wanted to do was play with my friends around me. I thrived in activities that allowed me to express myself, but I was a constant distraction to everyone else when it came time to focus.
I would get frustrated when I didn’t know how to do certain things like math or word problems. I wasn’t able to maintain my focus long enough to get to the answer.
My teachers recommended that I start using medication to help control my behavior, but my mom wasn’t having it. These problems continued the whole time I was in school, and I eventually had to learn to work around them.
I had to learn to quiet my mind and slow my thoughts so that I could focus and stop getting frustrated or overwhelmed.
Many kids suffer from these kinds of “problems” because they don’t learn how to cope with them while they’re young. They have to figure it out the hard way like I did.
Our children are growing up in a world completely unlike the one that raised our generations. The effects of that world are becoming more and more apparent in the sometimes unmanageable behavior starting to take over young children.
Meditation is a technique used by many for all kinds of reasons. It can be very effective for kids as young as two or three.
Start with just a few minutes a day. Add it to their morning or nightly rituals (or both!), and do a guided meditation with them.
Start by creating a tranquil, quiet place away from distractions like the TV, games, or other family members. Sit on the ground and begin by humming together to establish your inner connection and your kids’ connection to the tone of your voice. Slowly turn the humming rhythms into breathing exercises.
Fill your chest with air all the way up to the chin, and then slowly empty the breath all the way through the tummy.
Help them to focus inward. The best way is to get them to learn to be more conscious of the feeling of their own bodies. Talk calmly and quietly about a happy, serene scene that relaxes them.
Help them visualize a scene that represents peace and calm in their minds. Ask them to describe it to you to help further develop the visual in their heads. Use musical ambiance if the sounds seem to help keep their attention better.
Then, after the guided meditation, let them sit in complete silence with their own mental images and feelings.
Meditation, like anything, takes time and practice. Consistent attempts at meditation with your kids can make a world of difference for them at school, in sports, and social situations. It can even help you get them to bed quicker and easier.
Having something like this in your daily routine will help each person in your family reconnect with each other and the energy inside of them.
It is important to have exercises like this to balance out the instant gratification of technology and convenience that our society offers. We can all benefit from learning to collect ourselves, focus on our breath, and decide on an intention. We can accomplish both short-term and long-term goals.