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!
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!
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.
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.
Peace, Love, Grace and Namasgar,