Meditation for Children

Meditation for Children

Meditation benefits all human beings and that includes the youngest among us! It can be hard to

imagine children, who are constantly bubbling with energy, being able to sit down and put their

mind at rest, but the key is teaching them in a way that they can understand!

Many kids today are dealing with different stressors, finding themselves restless or anxiety-

ridden — think of how many children are diagnosed with ADHD and given a pill allegedly to

“cure” them. This must stop! Instead of pumping our children full of prescription drugs, why don’t

we teach them helpful tools to bring their growing minds to a place of peace? Meditation is one

of these tools.

The benefits of meditation for children have been shown to heighten self-esteem and improve

their relationship with their parents in addition to stress relief. Here are a few ways to engage

the child in your life with some meditation techniques!

BREATH

Encourage your child to listen to their breath. Start small — 30 seconds to a

minute. They can close their eyes, sit down someplace comfortable and join you

in some basic breathwork. You can try one of my favorite breath exercises.

Inhaling for ten seconds, holding for ten seconds and releasing for ten seconds.

(Feel free to try five second intervals, especially if your child is on the younger

side).

MANTRAS AND SONG

Kids love to sing! Try a few reciting a few mantras together in meditation, perhaps

adding a sing-song intonation for effect and for fun. Kids engage in activities they

feel are fun so let out the “OMs” and feel free to get creative! Your child will have

fun and also be reaping the relaxation benefits of meditation.

VISUALIZATION

Children have absolutely wonderful imaginations. This skill can help in their

meditations by asking them to visualize different things as they go through their

practice. Maybe they visualize being in a beautiful place like in a meadow or by a

stream to enhance their overall environment as they meditate. Or if you want your

child to bring attention to different area of their body, they can imagine each part

is enveloped in a different, bright color. For example, “Focus on your heart center

and imagine that it’s as red as a crisp, delicious apple! Then, bring your focus to

your neck and shoulders — visualize them turning as yellow as the sun!”

Remember the more engaging the meditation practice is for children, the more they’ll be eager

to keep going — and eventually doing it all on their own!

Peace, Grace, Love and Namasgar,

Gar