Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Have you ever tried meditation? If so, then you’ve probably noticed that even though it seems simple—sitting in silence and observing an object or your thoughts without judgement—it can actually be quite challenging, especially for adult minds that are used to multitasking and analyzing. But, could it be possible that children may be more natural meditators than adults?
If you think about it, children have been around far fewer years than adults, and with those fewer years can come, in general, fewer stereotypes, biases and judgements. So, when a thought passes through their minds, children are more likely to offer a bluntly honest opinion. If you’re a parent, you know this can be all too true. Less judgement can be helpful when it comes to practicing mindfulness and even when observing passing thoughts during meditation.
Along with carrying less judgement, children are also more apt to “live in the moment”. This can contribute to their ability to naturally be mindful. When was the last time you jumped in a puddle and played in the rain, feeling the cool water soak your clothes and listening to it bounce off the pavement? When was the last time you saw a child in that same scene? My guess is you’ve seen the latter much more recently and frequently. (If not, good for you!). Fewer inhibitions, less fear and an appreciation for the simple things in life can promote natural mindfulness when it comes to soaking in the present moment rather than losing oneself in the past or worrying about the future.
So, the next time you find it difficult to get to your meditation cushion or even to spend a few minutes being mindful of the present moment, you have permission to act like a child! Or, the next time someone tells you that it’s too difficult to teach a child mindfulness, take them on a walk in the rain and show them how a child would do it.
The following article regarding children’s meditation may also be of interest to those seeking more information:
“Meditation For Kids – A Proven Substitute For Punishment”. Mindvalley.com. January 16, 2018.