There are many benefits to practicing meditation for adults but…… What are the benefits for children?
Well, there are many of them. The general aim of meditation is to help children learn how to relax and gain some mental clarity by themselves. There is also the “Feel Good” factor. Whenever children meditate they become much calmer and stress free enabling them to go about their daily life feeling good about themselves and who doesn’t want that for their children?
Here are a few of the benefits that could help your child develop and grow to their full potential. Benefits that can serve them well now and in the future, to help them create a strong and centred foundation. To be the best person they can possibly be…..
As children grow, they learn who they are and what makes them happy. Meditation teaches children self-awareness. By looking inside themselves, they discover what they are passionate about and what direction they would like to follow in life. They can understand their own reactions better and start to understand why they behave and act the way they do. They develop independence and can follow their own intuition instead of just following the crowd.
Children learn to become more aware of their own bodies and their reaction to stress so that they can better take control of their emotional and physical states. This ability to calm themselves when they experience stress is an invaluable tool, and leads them to have a more positive outlook on life and to be more confident.
Children are naturally very creative, but often and for whatever reasons they don’t fully tune in to their full creative abilities. Meditation leads to an increased ability for children to tap into their natural creativity. It’s been found that after doing short meditation exercises, children performed better on tasks that required them to generate new creative ideas.
It also helps them to visualise their ideas, the things they would like to do, the things they would like to see happen in their own lives. It gives them the ability to create whatever their passion is and make it happen without feeling that they would be jeered at by their peers. Meditation teaches our Children self-confidence and enables them not to worry too much about what other people may think.
All of our children use entertainment technology – Xbox, iPad, video games, texting, TV, etc… The list goes on and on. On average this can last for up to 7.5 hours a day! Their brains are literally being fried with the amount of useless information some of these games put out, especially the ones about death and destruction. Is this really what we want to teach our kids? Is this really what we want our kids to think the world is actually like?
Children are especially susceptible to the side effects of too much technology, such as: shorter attention span, less patience, anxiety and nervousness. So, it is very important to counterbalance all this exposure to technology with some quiet time, and meditation is the perfect balance for all of this. Studies have shown that stress levels have been reduced when kids meditate and report that all of the children who practiced meditation felt much more calm and relaxed.
Social Skills and Self-esteem
Meditation helps kids learn how to pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In turn, they are able to be more empathetic and more compassionate toward others. They even become better listeners. It can be particularly beneficial in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Children who regularly meditate develop the ability to empathize with and show respect for others and show significant boosts in self-esteem.
We have questions every day from children who visit our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/NewHorizonHolistic Some of the questions can be quite serious and involved, whilst others are just saying how much they enjoy the meditations. The point is, that these kids feel confident enough to ask the hard questions and are not afraid to speak out.
Giving kids the tools to help fend off negative thoughts and behaviours; to build self-confidence; to add focus, and to learn the value of treating others (and themselves) with respect and appreciation is a gift they will have for the rest of their lives.
Since starting New Horizon, we feel very privileged to have been able to help children find themselves and to help them grow beyond what society expects them to be. Our meditations are now listened to all over the world and are being recommended by therapists to their clients, even schools around the globe are teaching their students to meditate with the help of our meditation videos. So why not help your child to learn to meditate? Why not meditate with them? You will find peace, clarity and a wonderful sense of calmness...Now who wouldn’t want that?!
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Lesley Hall - The voice on the meditations
This is Lesley here…
We have had quite a few enquiries about meditation techniques lately so I thought I would write a brief blog to help people out.
Every good meditation practice must begin with finding what and where works best for you. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to meditate.
All you need to begin is to find a comfortable seat, so experiment and try out different positions. Ideally, your back is straight and your spine is aligned. But it is not necessary to sit on the floor or even to cross your legs. If you're unable to sit for any length of time, find a propped lying down position — just try not to fall asleep!
Here are six simple methods to try, to help you begin your meditation practice today:
1. Guided meditations
There are hundreds of resources online that have a huge supply of guided meditations and music to help sooth your soul. We also create our own meditations for you too.
2. Candle Staring
If you have trouble focusing, you can light a candle and stare at it. Your attention will be held. If your mind races, just observe what it is doing and let those thoughts release.
Repeating words over and over again, can help you find calm and focus. You can choose from a number of Sanskrit mantras like the Gayatri Mantra, which has meaning in its words and sounds, or you can even make up your own. It doesn't matter what you choose, just that you feel good about your choice.
Another easy and down-to-earth meditation technique is to picture an idyllic being or setting in your mind. Focus on the picture and let yourself embellish it as much or as little as you need to.
5. Present Moment Meditation
Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. Take a few moments here then allow your focus to broaden to your body and the sensations that it's feeling. Now expand your focus to anything touching your body, noticing those sensations. Lastly, expand your awareness to everything you can hear and sense. Now reverse this process and come back, one step at a time to your breath.
6. Become the Observer
Focus on becoming the observer of your mind. Close your eyes and focus on the spot about an inch above of the spot between your eyebrows (Third Eye Chakra). Begin to watch what your mind and body are feeling, thinking and doing.
I have been able to sustain a meditation practice for many years now, and I've seen my emotional and mental state improve, calm and expand. Begin with just 10 minutes a day, and that's all you have to do to see real change in your life.
Love and Light