Meditation for Teens

Meditation for Teens

Ah, I remember being a teenager! Do you? A bit rebellious perhaps and thinking you know

everything? Yep, that sounds familiar! Teaching meditation to a teenager is very different from

the wide-eyed enthusiasm and acceptance received from teaching a child.

As with all teenagers, mutual respect goes a long way. If you treat them like a young adult,

chances are they will be much more receptive to hearing what you have to say. Here are a few

strategies for teaching your teen to implement meditation into their daily lives!

THE FACTS

Teens are known for asking “what for?” or “why?” as a way to challenge those

around them. So come prepared with the facts about meditation and what’s truly

in it for them. A few examples include reduction of stress and anxiety, getting

better grades and improving ability to study and concentrate. Not too shabby!

VISUALIZATION

While this method works for kids, too, simply “age up” the visualization

techniques. What does your teen really want? To get into a good college? To

make the varsity team? To find the perfect dress for prom? As trivial as some of

these goals can seem, they are very important to teenagers so making that the

focus during their meditation, as a way to set their intention, is extremely

powerful.

TECHNOLOGY

This one will hit home for the teens! Encourage them to use the Internet or

download apps on their phone to discover their own way they’d like to meditate.

There are a plethora of guided meditations located online and through

smartphones that they can access on their own terms.

As with most things related to teens — tell them to be patient as they get the hang

of it and of course, be patient with them as they explore something new. Being a

teenager can be really rough with hormones raging and feelings of inadequacy

along with comparing one self to others constantly (remember high school?).

 

Through practice, patience and time, meditation for teens can improve their quality of life

drastically as they continue their adolescent lives, bridging the gap from child to adult.