Mindfulness & Meditation | 21 June 2022
Mindfulness, meditation, mental training, or practicing patience all are heavy meaningful words. So, you may start wondering - how one can teach their younger children such things? Right?
They are too young to learn the art of meditation. It would be hard, but not impossible.
We’ll help with why and how you will teach meditation to a child.
Mindfulness meditation is the healthiest wellness exercise you can do with your younger children. It will calm them down at the most anxious times, help increase their ability to stay focused on one thing for long, increase concentration power, and build self-control.
According to psychologists, children start paying attention to something from 3-4 years of age. Remember, if you forcefully make them do anything, it won’t do any wonder for your child.
In the beginning, make them aware of their body parts rather than teaching breathing exercises or anything serious.
You can make them imagine situations, talk about what makes them happy or sad, and ask them to identify the body parts where they feel such emotion.
The guided meditation works better than the silent meditation. You can make your kids listen to sounds to get your child’s attention fixed on the topic.
After the session, ask them to describe or note down what they heard and reward them after successfully describing the things.
Remember, your kids would always follow you, so if you keep up with it, they will most likely do so.
Mindfulness meditation develops the brain's parietal lobes, enhancing self-control, focus, and concentration power.
Meditation also impacts the emotional function of the brain. It will support your kid’s empathy, inner stability, and feeling of security. When you make them aware of their body parts, and the good and bad things about them, it will make them confident.
Their self-esteem helps them overcome their weakness and cope with the problems, stress, and other mental traumas they might face later in life.
It will reduce their risk of being exposed to anxiety or depression.
When it comes to restoring calm and inner peace or considering the benefits of meditation, you’ll feel like anytime is a good time to practice meditation.
However, a kid is too young to get such thoughts in mind. So the main effort will be getting them to practice regularly.