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Children’s Meditation

作者: 摄影: 审核:朱敏月 来源: 发布时间:2018-07-02 阅读次数:

Did you know that mindfulness for children is extremely easy to learn? Many kids have a natural tendency to observe mindfulness. Their minds have less biases, barriers and predetermined notions, allowing them to achieve relatively pure mindfulness experiences. But never pressure children to meditate. They should be given the same gentle encouragement that we give ourselves to practice. We may think that adults have  mental barriers such as preconceived fears and beliefs that prevent them from experiencing a pure state of mindfulness, in fact children have all these too. While some children have a very low attention span, some do have a higher proclivity to achieve a calm, mindful and nonjudgmental state.

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Research on children’s meditation isn’t as robust as that of adults. However, more attention is being given to mindfulness for children. Some schools are even replacing detention time with meditation. The latter is a more progressive technique of evaluating and modifying behavior, and that’s why teachers are preferring it rather than conventional punishment. When kids learn how to remain rooted in the present by focusing on their breathing technique, they’re able to improve their concentration and memory. The gain immense benefits that are undoubtedly more helpful than detention. The switch to meditation is already bearing fruits in many schools.

At Changshu International School, we did a 5-10 minute meditation session with the students of Lady's Class under the guidance of experienced foreign teacher - Mr. Anup Prabhakaran.  This was the right timing to have mediation session before the examination time. There were multiple benefits seen after the session. Students were able to concentrate more, able to be calm and composed during the class. They were more confident and stress free.

 

Here are a few benefits of children’s meditation

1.  Enhancing focus

It is unfortunate that kids are really encouraged by our society to have a very low attention span.  This is fostered by social media and technological gadgets. They are constantly surfing the internet, playing video game, often avoiding attending to school assignments. This obsession with video games and social media can affect a child’s performance adversely. Your kid should be able to focus his/her attention on one particular thing at a time. They should solve complex math problems, finish their assignments and complete projects successfully. Mindfulness for children can help to improve a kid’s ability to focus on one issue at a time.

2. Fostering compassion and self-esteem

Children often feel like they’re not good enough or smart enough at some point in time. This can be tough sometimes, especially when such a child is bullied or teased by others. Most of the insecurities we have as adults can be traced back to our childhood. When parents fail to fortify a culture of self-love among their children, trauma and negativity ensues. Good news is, children’s meditation can help to create feelings of security and inner stability among kids. Consequently, this builds compassion, joy and self-love.

3. Boosting healthy emotional growth

Children are constantly being bombarded with more fears today. They fear losing those close to them, being mediocre and being rejected by peers. However, all parents want their kids to navigate through different life stages unscathed. But we all comprehend how adversely fear can affect a child. Mindfulness for children helps them to gain self-awareness and builds their confidence. Kids are therefore equipped well enough to deal with fear, frustration, insecurity and other negative emotions. In addition, they become better problem solvers and develop a deeper appreciation of life.

4. Building empathy and happiness

Ancestors says that the more you give to others around you, the more you gain. Children’s meditation helps them to learn how to share their love with other children. They become more patient and understanding, even giving a listening ear to others and empathizing with them. Scientific evidence also suggests that mindfulness for children helps to increase compassion, connectivity and kindness among children and adults. Raising children in an atmosphere of mindfulness will help them act virtuously towards others.

Isn’t it time you introduced your kids to children’s meditation?

 

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