Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Children are uniquely suited to benefit from mindfulness practice. Habits formed early in life will inform behaviours in adulthood, and with mindfulness, we have the opportunity to give our children the habit of being peaceful, kind and accepting.
Here are 7 benefits from introducing meditation to your child:
1. Through meditation, children learn to self–regulate.
2. Meditation is easy to learn and is not expensive! There are several free apps or audios through the web of guided meditation, for all age groups. Here are some of our favourites: Insight Timer, Headspace, Smiling Minds.
3. It is a great way to slow children down before sleep, promoting good quality sleep.
4. Meditation helps children to improve their listening, problem-solving skills, deep breathing techniques, visualisation and encourages children to use positive affirmations.
5. It promotes confidence and self-esteem. Positive self-talk gives us the power to believe and appreciate ourselves.
6. In meditation, we teach children to quiet their mind and follow our voice though the guided journey. Children then learn to be comfortable in stillness and quietness, learning to focus on the now. This exercise helps them to improve their attention and focus – these are skills that will be transferred to other areas and prove to be profoundly useful later in their life.
7. Teaching children to meditate and to slow down at some points throughout their day, helps them reduce anxiety. Deep breathing helps their body to understand that they do not need to be on fight or flight mode, that they are safe and thus they can be calm.
We look forward to hearing your child’s meditation success stories.
With love and light, Konstantina