Who it benefits…
Children of all ages and abilities can benefit from meditation. So long as the correct and appropriate method is applied to suit the childs’ level of understanding:
At this age (2-3) we start to develop focus through some fun activities that draw their awareness to their breath, which in turn helps with relaxation. A very powerful tool for bedtime!
Children experience the same emotions as adults they just don’t understand them which is very ungrounding and can result in anger, upset, hyperactivity or illness.
To top it all, they want to be in control, get it right and be right.
There is a definite need to off load worries and release the need for control and find some peace and calm.
Recipe for Child to Adult Transition Cake
Add a huge amount of hormones
Add exam stress
Add a mixed bag of sexuality
Add a dose of self image
Stick in a case of bullying
Add enough over stimulation to alter the brains electrical activity
Make sure there are no traces of self esteem left. Leave the mixture to make decisions that will determine their place and purpose in the world.
Turn the heat up and apply vast amounts of pressure. Decorate with severe anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, sex, drugs and alcohol.
No thanks to a slice of that cake!
The answer is focus and relaxation. Practicing meditation helps to stay grounded and calm, to let go. In a short time they feel better within themselves as they learn to listen and calm themselves through these challenging times.
I have a teenage daughter. Meditating myself has helped our relationship drastically. I have stopped blaming her – as if she chose to go through these emotions – and started showing compassion. After all, we’ve all been there. Her behaviours now mirror mine.
Through meditation a child’s energy can become more grounded helping to feel more balance and calm, which in turn helps with focus, the ability to cope with frustrations and sleep.
As family members you are face with special challenges – it’s important for you to find some peace and develop your own sense of calm – beneficial during the most trying times.
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