Believe it or not, meditation is not just for those who can consciously appreciate the cultivation of a relationship with self. As studies continue to pop up showing both the mental and physical benefits a meditation practice can have, the time has come to bring this practice to a much younger generation. With all the stress and anxiety in this world, why not?
Dr. Trupti in this Med India post discusses the ins and outs when it comes to teaching a child to meditate. According to Trupti, meditation can help youngsters to learn to not only control their anger and frustration, but it can also help children to rethink their decisions and encourage them to make better ones more in line with their overall wellbeing (even if they can’t appreciate it at the time).
Children can be asked to meditate at any place. It is not necessary that they do so in some secluded corner. Children can lie down on the bed, floor, carpet or the lawn or where ever they feel comfortable. Then they should be advised to close their eyes and relax. With their eyes closed they should count till 10 in the mind. This will help them to relax.
Doing meditation in the sitting position can also be helpful for children to focus their mind. The child needs to sit in an upright position. Keep the hands on the laps to avoid fidgeting with anything. Keep the eyes closed. Take a deep breath. Count your each breath. Sitting meditations will allow children to explore their inner thoughts and will keep their mind at peace.
Another technique in which children can meditate is by lying down calmly and counting numbers 1, 2, 3… and so on till they feel relaxed.
Read more from Trupti on teaching your child to meditate here.