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Healthy Living: Meditation for Children

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 02:07 PM
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The Dalai Lama once said, “If every child in the world would be taught meditation we would eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” This quote captures the powerful benefits of this mindful practice for children of any age. A peaceful heart and existence can go a long way in helping children learn some building blocks to assist them in living a balanced life. Meditation helps children feel what it is like to be still and quiet. It helps them tune into their inner wisdom to feel safe and secure in the world while learning ways to breathe and to feel their own breath.  

Some of the many benefits include the following items.

  1. Promotes inner peace and compassion, greatly reducing stress that leads to anxiety. Children learn to become aware of their bodies and their reaction to stressors on an emotional and physical level.  If they feel threatened or scared in their world, they may feel things like headaches, stomach aches and body pain.  Meditation helps bring awareness to different fears so children can learn how to choose different thoughts to slow their minds and the physical symptoms in their bodies.
  2. Improves attention, memory and concentration.  Meditation helps children develop the ability to focus and concentrate improving their ability to control impulsive behaviour.  A study completed at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia revealed that children with ADHD who learned meditation when compared to the control group showed a significant reduction in hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention.  (www.meditationresearch.co.uk)
  3. Builds self-esteem. In a relaxed state, children can tap into both their positive and negative experiences in a day, all of which help them learn and become resilient.  In a world full of technology and distractions at the touch of a screen, children are quickly losing opportunities for free play and learning in silence. Meditation allows them an opportunity to use their natural inherit creativity, which promotes a healthy and strong sense of self-esteem.
  4. Improves sleep.  This can benefit both parent and child!  By learning the art of relaxation children can transition soundly from a state of movement to a state of alpha induced sleep.  Parents can use guided meditations at bedtime as a part of their routines.

Parents often are unaware of what to do to promote meditation in their children.  Start simply and make it part of your family routine.  It can be as simple as sitting in silence for five minutes or taking a silent walk in the forest and building on that.  Become the change you wish to see.  Children copy their parents’ behaviour so if you want to get your children interested in meditation, begin to meditate!  Invite your children to breathe into their bellies and enjoy watching their bellies shrink as they exhale.  Another fun breathing exercise is alternate nostril breathing.  Creating a peaceful space together that incorporates natural calming elements helps encourage regular practice.  Supporting your child’s meditation practice evokes an ability for them to connect with the soft spots of their hearts and bodies.  It allows them a different perspective on their own energy and that of others.  

— Submitted by Maureen Sullivan of Tree of Life Energy Wellness & Amanda Tyler of Wings of Light Wellness

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Posts Tagged ‘children’s health’

Healthy Living: Meditation for Children

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 02:07 PM
posted by admin

The Dalai Lama once said, “If every child in the world would be taught meditation we would eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” This quote captures the powerful benefits of this mindful practice for children of any age. A peaceful heart and existence can go a long way in helping children learn some building blocks to assist them in living a balanced life. Meditation helps children feel what it is like to be still and quiet. It helps them tune into their inner wisdom to feel safe and secure in the world while learning ways to breathe and to feel their own breath.  

Some of the many benefits include the following items.

  1. Promotes inner peace and compassion, greatly reducing stress that leads to anxiety. Children learn to become aware of their bodies and their reaction to stressors on an emotional and physical level.  If they feel threatened or scared in their world, they may feel things like headaches, stomach aches and body pain.  Meditation helps bring awareness to different fears so children can learn how to choose different thoughts to slow their minds and the physical symptoms in their bodies.
  2. Improves attention, memory and concentration.  Meditation helps children develop the ability to focus and concentrate improving their ability to control impulsive behaviour.  A study completed at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia revealed that children with ADHD who learned meditation when compared to the control group showed a significant reduction in hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention.  (www.meditationresearch.co.uk)
  3. Builds self-esteem. In a relaxed state, children can tap into both their positive and negative experiences in a day, all of which help them learn and become resilient.  In a world full of technology and distractions at the touch of a screen, children are quickly losing opportunities for free play and learning in silence. Meditation allows them an opportunity to use their natural inherit creativity, which promotes a healthy and strong sense of self-esteem.
  4. Improves sleep.  This can benefit both parent and child!  By learning the art of relaxation children can transition soundly from a state of movement to a state of alpha induced sleep.  Parents can use guided meditations at bedtime as a part of their routines.

Parents often are unaware of what to do to promote meditation in their children.  Start simply and make it part of your family routine.  It can be as simple as sitting in silence for five minutes or taking a silent walk in the forest and building on that.  Become the change you wish to see.  Children copy their parents’ behaviour so if you want to get your children interested in meditation, begin to meditate!  Invite your children to breathe into their bellies and enjoy watching their bellies shrink as they exhale.  Another fun breathing exercise is alternate nostril breathing.  Creating a peaceful space together that incorporates natural calming elements helps encourage regular practice.  Supporting your child’s meditation practice evokes an ability for them to connect with the soft spots of their hearts and bodies.  It allows them a different perspective on their own energy and that of others.  

— Submitted by Maureen Sullivan of Tree of Life Energy Wellness & Amanda Tyler of Wings of Light Wellness

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