Can Meditation Really Have This Much Effect On Our Children?

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As so many of us become more and more acquainted with the benefits of a regular meditation practice, relatively few of us have given much thought to how beneficial meditation for kids really is.

Today’s children are born into such a fast paced world, they are born computer ready and can multi-task technologically, playing high speed strategy games, messaging and posting on social media, even using computers or hand held devices to study.

Their brains are challenged to think so quickly over prolonged periods of time each day. This can lead to stress and what’s known as the monkey mind. A monkey mind is a mind that constantly jumps from subject to subject and has difficulty finding peace and calm.

A simple mindfulness technique or meditation for kids on a regular basis (each day if possible) can be enormously beneficial in releasing this constant mind chatter and restoring calm. Experts say that one minute of meditation per year of a child’s age is enough.

Another benefit of meditation for kids would be during periods of high stress like exams or simply returning back to school after the holidays. Children often become tense and stressed, making them irritable and anxious.
A morning meditation would help to restore calm and clarity to the mind and when the mind is calm, the body is relaxed and tension released, allowing for easier absorption of material being studied or clearer thinking during an exam or first day back.

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In every day life, children can regularly feel emotions such as fear and frustration. In our fast paced society children can come to expect instant solutions to their concerns or problems. When this is not possible, tantrums, anger and frustration can be the results.

How can meditation for kids be of real and lasting benefit and where do we help them begin?

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Fears in children can cover an enormous spectrum from peer pressure and the need to fit in, to the more primal fears of death and the loss of loved ones. Meditation can support a child’s emotional development helping them to cope better with their day to day concerns, fears and challenges.

There are even several clinical trials to back this up including a very interesting study conducted in Sydney Australia where a group of children being treated for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) were introduced to meditation on a regular basis. At the end of the trial, these children showed improved attention spans and were less hyperactive as well as having improved relations with their parents and a higher sense of self esteem.

Most amazingly, 50% of the children in the trial were either taken off their medication for ADHD or had it significantly reduced whilst still showing signs of continued improvement through regular meditation practice.

Remember, kids watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Food for thought if you really want to help your kids handle their fears in the best way possible.

Here’s a few ideas for those researching the benefits of meditation for kids (particularly young kids):

1. Start with a regularly scheduled mindfulness practice. We are creatures of habit, and a “Mindfulness Minute” or whatever you want to call it, can be practiced once or several times a day. Teachers can use mindfulness/meditation to help kids calm down after recess and parents can use mindfulness as a wonderful way to end the day with their children.

2. Practice mindfulness anywhere, but at home (or class) it’s nice to have a special place; creating a soothing environment helps active kids settle down and relax for a few minutes.

3. Start with sharing a story when you used mindfulness to deal with a difficult situation so they can learn… and have them share their stories.

4. Ask them to sit cross-legged and tall, with their eyes closed.

5. Try introducing an exercise, explaining what’s to be expected. For example, say to the children, “I will make a sound. Listen very carefully until you can’t hear the sound anymore and raise your hand when you can’t hear it anymore.” Use a small bell, a singing bowl or an app on your phone with sounds on it.

6. Ask the children to move their hand to their stomach and feel their breathing as their abdomen moves up and down. Have them feel their breath for about 30-60 seconds.

7. Tell them, “Listen very carefully to the bell, until you can’t hear the sound anymore.”

And that’s it! The whole practice repeated just a few times, takes no more than 2-3 minutes.

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6 Comments

  • Terry

    Reply Reply February 26, 2016

    I have ADHD, “LIFEFLOW,Classical Magic,Meditation” have done amazing things for me. I don’t have to take ADHD medications anymore. My ADHD Specialist was involved in this decision, after a period discussions and my experiences. Withdrawal from medications can have bad consequences,I would never do anything without a Doctors consent,I even consulted my Pharmacist. Meditation,Relaxation and the help from JODIE, My “Happiness Support Team Member” have changed my Life. Imagine living with ADHD for over 50 years and not knowing. I did. Everything I have experienced with LIFEFLOW has changed my Life. Parents please don’t wait, get the help your children deserve, it is out there, it took me along time to find it on my own. ADHD can lead to Severe Depression, PTSD, thoughts of Suicide and many other Mental Traumas, I speak from experience.

    Terry

    PS. THANK YOU “JODIE”, MICHAEL AND TEAM

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply February 26, 2016

      Hi Terry,

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt blog comment. I’m so thrilled to hear your wonderful story (I must admit tears pricked my eyes when getting to the end of your comment). It’s so lovely of you to share your experience of meditation and LifeFlow with us and we know how inspiring and helpful your words will be to so many individuals!

      We wish you continued success and happiness.

      Blessings from everyone at Project Meditation!!

      P.S. We really look forward to sharing your wonderful success story on our site very soon which you sent to Jodie not too long ago!

  • Thank You

    Reply Reply February 26, 2016

    Thank You, if only parents would be open to this.

  • Craig father of two

    Reply Reply February 28, 2016

    Hi,

    Is it safe to work my kids through the full 10 levels of the Lifeflow program? My kids are 12 and 9 respectively and they have been using 10 through 7 but I worry that deeper meditation levels may damage their natural brain development.

    Thanks for any insight you might have

    Craig Yarmey

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply February 29, 2016

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for your recent blog post Craig and please rest assured Lifeflow Audio Technology can be listened to as a means of relaxation for all ages with or without headphones.

      We do suggest that certain individuals suffering from anything listed in the following link consult with their doctor beforehand as precautionery measure.
      https://www.project-meditation.org/project-meditation-disclaimer/

      The brain is the brain insofar as the audio waves are concerned and we do naturally experience all the brainwaves incorporated within LifeFlow during every 24 hour cycle.
      When you are relaxed and at ease, your brain produces far more alpha waves than when you are mentally full of activity.

      Many Lifeflow participants have also found that playing the bonus tracks (Creative flow and Optimal learning) for their children whilst relaxing and before sleep, studying and helping with creativity is really making a difference.
      https://www.project-meditation.org/community/threads/life-flow-in-the-delivery-room.1153/

      We also have available on the website Craig ‘Discover Meditation’. This is an excellent step by step mantra meditation course.
      This can be downloaded free of charge on the following page:

      https://www.project-meditation.org/community/

      If you have anyfurther questions at all Craig, please do get in touch with a member of our support team:
      http://projectmeditation1.helpserve.com/Tickets/Submit

      Namaste 🙂

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