When we talk about meditation, we’re talking about the ability to focus our attention on something concrete, whether an idea, object, our thoughts or our own body.
The essence of the practice of meditation as an adult, is to find ourselves, improve our ability to concentrate and improve our memory. In addition, studies by Yale University indicate that the practice of meditation helps reduce stress and improve our cognitive abilities.
In a hectic world as we live, if meditation is for adults an excellent escape to leave the stress of everyday life, for children certainly it can also be helpful.
Why teach children to meditate?
Meditation is a technique that can be very useful for children , as well as being key to their future health. Some of the benefits that children get when they practice meditation are:
- They learn to know each other better.
- They learn to love themselves.
- Improve their self-esteem.
- Improve your concentration.
- They are become more responsible.
- They learn to manage their emotions.
- Improve their interpersonal relationships.
- They learn to manage stress.
- Sleep better.
- Improve your health.
How do you teach our children to meditate?
As it happens to adults, our children are subjected to a lot of information and sensory stimuli that generate some degree of stress. That is why practicing meditation can be an excellent way in which children learn to connect with your body and soul, and put aside all the negative environment.
Here are some tips to teach our children to meditate:
It includes meditation as part of the daily routine of your children
Meditation should be part of the daily routine of your children. This routine can be practiced at any time of the day, but always find it easier to do before they go to sleep.
It is important to teach children that for meditation to be effective, they must do so in a space for them is “sacred” and in which they can feel comfortable and free from what causes them stress.
Meditation with children must be creative
For children meditation should be a game. For example, you can ask your child to close his eyes and imagine the colors of the rainbow; display or eating your favorite dessert and you describe what your taste. You could also ask him to see traveling on the magic carpet of Aladdin and tell you how you feel.
It is important to know that not all children are able to meditate with eyes closed. For some it is more comfortable to have your eyes open and staring at a picture, listen to music and to be playing while doing it. In the end, you must give freedom to do as you feel better.
Encourage your children to keep a diary of their meditation exercises
It is important that your kids keep a record of their experiences while practicing meditation.
When his experiences as written by meditating, they have the opportunity to express themselves and also this will allow both see their progress since starting meditation routine.
If we want our children to acquire the habit to meditate from smaller, we are helping to lay the foundation for a stronger maturity.
If you want to start practicing meditation with your children, it is important that you as an adult have practiced meditation, so as a first step we invite you to download this free material.