The Dalai Lama once said, “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
What better gift can you give your child than the ability to control their stress, manage their emotions, and live a happier, more peaceful existence? And with the short attention spans being created by the onslaught of technology, our kids are in desperate need of some instruction and practice in the art of concentration and creativity.
Teaching your kids to meditate can be easier than you might think. You can simply make a game of it. For instance, try this exercise that I read in article by Melissa Eisler entitled 3 Kid-Friendly Meditations Your Children Will Love.
“Guided Meditation: The Balloon
This guided meditation brings a visual component to a very simple deep breathing exercise. You can do this standing or seated.
Relax your body and begin to take deep inhales and slow exhales through the nose.
Start to take a slow, deep breath to fill your belly up with air, as if you’re trying to blow up a big balloon. Expand your belly as much as you can.
Slowly let the air out of the balloon (through the nose) as you release the breath from the belly.
Encourage your kids to feel their entire body relax each time they exhale, each time air is slowly being released from the balloon. You can even make a “hissing” noise to encourage them to slow down the exhale even more, “Like letting air out of the balloon.”
Continue for several minutes.”
For more information on studies that show the benefits of meditation for kids and several other guided meditations you can use with them, check out the full article here.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
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Smart Health, Wellness, & Performance, Inc.