Teach Kids To Meditate: A Guide
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A Guide to Teach Kids to Meditate
I often hear, “How do you teach kids to meditate?” It sounds like an impossible tasks to get children to turn off monkey mind and settle in long enough to see positive changes. However, meditation for kids doesn’t have to be as complicated or structured as you may think. As Eckhart Tolle says, “One conscious breath in and out is a meditation”.
What you should know to Teach Kids to Meditate
1. What’s the benefit? Why do you want to teach your kid to meditate? Do you want to introduce meditation into your child’s life so they sleep better, focus more in school or become more self-aware? Decide what benefits you want to get out of meditation. Need help? The benefits to meditation for children are endless, but here’s a few.
2. Pick a guided meditation to achieve the goal. Guided meditations are my personal favorite for kids. They basically guide the child through the meditation with visualization. Kids are naturally open minded and imaginative, so visualization makes the meditations fun and relaxing for kids. If your goal is to get your child to relax, pick a meditation that focuses on breathing. If your goal is to sleep better, pick a meditation for better sleep. You get the idea! Check out Kids Who Meditate for a library of guided meditations just for kids.
3. Take the pressure off! Teaching kids to meditate should be fun and pressure-free. Be flexible when introducing meditation to kids. If you child doesn’t want to close their eyes, that’s fine! Have them look at a spot on the ceiling or the corner of a picture frame on the wall. If they don’t want to lay down, have them sit in a comfy chair. Staying relaxed will help your kids relax.
4. Time it out. Timing matters when it comes to teaching kids to meditate.
- Plan on the first meditation to be less than 15 minute. In this case, longer doesn’t necessary mean better. The idea is to keep kids engaged long enough to see positive changes, but not lose interest.
- Choose your timing wisely. Don’t attempt meditation in the morning If your child is very hyper at that time. Our family has the most success meditating either after school, or before bed.
5. Create a routine. Staying consistent and patient with your child’s meditation practice is vital. Keep in mind takes 21 days to create a habit. Meditation isn’t a magic wand. It takes time for changes to occur. Developing a meditation routine will not only help you stay consistent, but it will help your child create a habit of meditating.
6. Get comfy & join in! Joining your kids in their meditation practice will help ease any nerves they may have. Plus, it creates a bonding experience between parent and child by simply being together.
Ready to teach kids to meditate? Find a quiet space, get comfy, and get to meditating!