wonderful, although my mom was christian she always taught we all the techniques above from about 6 on and they still help me with my anxiety; meditation is wonderful natural medicine for the soul, and a lot of this article puts the important details simply for a beginner wanting to learn.
Nancy E. Grabowsky from BSHYM
Children under 8 years and older are responding beautifully to the sound of the tibetan volw, and using breathing techniques that allows them to deeply relax and connect with the beats of their hearts by also integrating gentle nature visualization techniques, we can create a safe and creative space for meditation.
I would love to read more articles on teaching childen meditation!!
I am looking for a simple meditation and pose to do with my K-5 students before we begin our Art Class. iI am an elementary Art teacher in a public school. Any suggestions ?
Young Yoga Masters
There is a sweet meditation given by Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga that children love and it helps them to deal with anxiety. Its called meditation to get rid of thoughts you don't like.
First hold your hands together like a bowl in front of your chest. Then think of the thought you don't like, like surgery or fear, and blow that thought out by blowing through your mouth like a dry spit and blow into your hands.
I've seen kids do this when going through tough times and it gives them an outlet to handle what's happening.
hello, this is very interesting. I am looking for a place where chanting, yoga and meditations would be offer for children... could you recommend me a link.
Thank you, will you offer get together in Manhattan? !!!
I have been teaching a simple method of meditation basd on 'Focusing on breathing' to children from 4 years. The simplest mode is briefly explained below -
"Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger. Breathe in, breathe out, three times, counting in the mind, when breathing out. During the first out-breath, count ‘one’, second out-breath ‘two’, third out-breath ‘three’. Repeat the 3 breaths, at each of the next 3 finger tips. When you are at the thumb, place the tip of the index finger at the base of the thumb and breathe 3 times. Then switch to the other hand and repeat the practice. Continue practicing, switching the hands."
Other modes of 'Focusing on breathing'are in this brochure http://countingbreaths.com/brochure.pdf.
The testimonials from children aged 5 and up are in my web site http://countingbreaths.com,.
If you agree, I can submit articles on the way I have been teaching meditation to children since last 7 years at Albany NY.
thank you for your attention
I am a nurse practitioner working in a children's hospital. I am interested in developing a program for kids undergoing heart surgery that involves meditation and yoga (at least some physically straight forward asanas). I am thinking that these techniques could be very helpful in the postoperative phase in terms of decreasing anxiety related to painful procedures as well as reducing pain. Does anyone have any ideas?
I am a big believer in meditating. I have been meditating for the last 12 years and it changed my life to the better. Like you, it is much easier now to disengage from myself and see my thoughts objectively.
You did a great job in writing this piece. I combined what I learned from your article and what I read here http://www.themeditationmind.com/meditation-techniques.html and it has helped me tremendously. I look forward to reading more!
My 3 year old son practices Yoga with me and my wife. Most of what he has learned is through watching what we do. I have always chanted mantras to him, since before his birth and he has seen us meditating and doing Yoga. He loves the animal poses and can do a particular pose when asked. For example, if I say "Do down dog," he is able to do the correct pose.The greatest moments have been when he says to us, "I'm going to go meditate," or "I'm going to go do Yoga." And he goes and does some Yoga or puts on a shawl and sits on the meditation cushion with his hands in chin mudra, or repeats some mantra. Recently, when I asked him the meaning of a particular mantra, he wasn't able to respond, so I asked him what it felt like. He said, "It feels like God." Peace, http://fearlessadvisor.com