Last week I wrote about the importance of a regular meditation practice and how it has helped me tremendously. This week I want to highlight meditation for kids and the importance of bringing this practice into the home for your kids or into the classroom.
In my classrooms we had a regular routine where children would have a rest after lunch. They laid out their mattresses and made their beds and then I would play some light music to allow their bodies time to slow down from the days activities.
This is a great form of meditation for children and even better to incorporate it into a daily routine. I have listed a couple of ways to do this for your own children.
1. Download the app for your phone called Smiling Mind. I have spoken about this before but I have always referred to this for adults. It has a childrens section which you can easily plug into your sound system and run the meditation through at the beginning of rest time. You can also do this at home for your childs day nap (if they are younger) or in the evening when they are in bed. It can also be used at any time during the day when your child needs to slow down a little.
2. Find some gentle music that your child likes and you can talk to them in a soft voice and explain that it is time to rest our body and our brain.
3. Find a guided meditation online that you like and implement as above.
What I found after a couple of weeks was that the children really enjoyed this time and often requested it. There were definite behaviour improvements and more children got some quality rest time during this period.
Let me know how this goes for you. Do you use any time of meditation with your children?