We all want happy, healthy lives for our children. Teaching kids how to meditate can give them a jump start to accessing the many benefits of meditation. Even though today’s kids exhibit elevated levels of restlessness, stress and anxiety, only 1.6% of children in the U.S. meditate. Yet several studies suggest that kids who practice mindfulness tend to develop positive traits such as increased self-control, better attentiveness in class, and more empathy and respect for others. In addition, meditation can help children manage challenging conditions such as stress, depression, ADHD and hyperactivity.
Did you know that it’s easy for children to learn mindfulness? Many kids have a natural feel for it. Young kids aren’t burdened by as many biases, barriers or preconceptions, which gives them an edge when it comes to non-judgmental awareness.
Science shows that meditation has profound physical and mental benefits for children, yet only 1% of children in the US are taught the practice of meditation.
Watch kids describe dow meditation works and helps calm them down.
Preschool Children: A few minutes per day
Grade-school Children: 5-10 minutes twice a day
Teens & Adults: 20-60 minutes per day
There is no wrong way to meditate. When we simply take the time to be aware, and look inward, we are receiving the benefits of meditation. We never want to force children to meditate, we want to encourage them in a loving way, and remind them of the many wonderful reasons why it’s important.
We understand meditation is a very new practice for many of us. Meditation should never be discouraging or frustrating. Do not have expectations from meditation, do not set a limitation for yourself, or believe you “can’t meditate”. You can. You simply just need to be taught how. Meditation is for everyone.
Join us every Saturday at 1:30pm as we host our "Enlightened Kids" class. This class is for ages 6-10.
If every 8 yr old in the world would be taught meditation, we would eliminate violence from the world in one generation.