According to the Wall Street Journal, a growing number of schools are teaching mindfulness to students.
One program lasting 12 weeks was linked to a variety of benefits for children including improvements in:
- ability to pay attention
- control their emotions
- reduce stress
- lessen depression symptoms, and
- decrease aggression
However, enticing young ones to practice and stick to meditation takes flexibility and a sense of humor!
Here are things to keep in mind with respect to practicing meditation with children:
- Do not pressure them to meditate
- They probably won’t be able to sit still for long; preschoolers may not be able to sit still longer than 10 seconds
- Doing the meditation yourself and showing your kids may spark their interest
- A simple practice of gazing into a candle flame may work
- You can try guided meditation CDs
- Timers are not recommended
- You can try having the children lie face-up on the floor
- Some children will not be able to take traditional meditation postures
- You can encourage the kids to imitate a frog at rest!
Wall Street Journal