Did you know that regular practice of meditation has several beneficial effects on our children’s emotional, mental and intellectual development? Yes, it helps children tune into themselves, sleep better, develop better social interactions, aid concentration and depth of thought helping improve school grades even helps with sports and the arts.
Meditation or mindfulness has been shown to be an effective tool to help boost young people’s resilience to stresses. Children can experience as much stress as adults do, and they are often not equipped to deal with everyday stresses of social pressures, peer pressure, school and home life. Often young people’s fears, stress, anxieties are overlooked as ‘difficult phase’. We can easily help our children deal with stress and connect with their inner knowing by teaching them simple relaxation techniques like deep diaphragm breathing sometimes called the Balloon Breath, and using guided meditation and imagery.
Classes run in school terms
What they will learn?
Techniques for stress management
Positive self talk – The power of affirmations
Avoiding negative self talk
How to relax themselves
How to be self confident
How to breathe correctly
Worry release techniques
Fun games for co-operation
Guided visualization and how to use it
Each guided meditation has a theme and gives the children the opportunity to experience the lesson encouraging their imagination to fore. Participating in meditation helps them to appreciate and love themselves as a source of strength and wisdom.
“Anything that can free a child’s mind should be used. We end up being bound by restrictions, which we must accept to get through life, but our minds should be free and active. Problem-solving becomes easier if the mind can see around corners instead of existing in the limited space to which we sometimes condemn it.”
(Extracted from Moonbeam – a book of meditations for children by Maureen Gart)
Classes are specifically designed for children following a format to instil positive relaxation and stress management techniques.
The meditations for children include five steps:
Relaxing the body
Deep breathing techniques
Concentration of the mind
Expansion of the mind using visualisation
Productive activity related to lesson
Meditation gives them the right knowledge and tools early in life to deal with life's challenges, promoting self confidence in themselves and their future. You are helping them grow into strong, capable men and women of tomorrow.