Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Homework. Peer Pressure. Stimulation. Social Media. Technology. Stimulation. Rush Here. Rush There. Be Quiet. Speak Up. Play Nicely. Technology. Stimulation. Do This. Don't Do That. Be Good. Be Nice... Be... a Kid.
Children of all ages are inundated with more activities, more responsibilities, and more stimulation than ever before. Yes, they're lucky to have more than we ever did, including access to information and a greater understanding of how the world works. But with that increased complexity generally comes greater stimulation, more noise, more confusion, and more stress.
Many of us just started realizing the power of meditation in our 20s and 30s. With that power comes access to an inner world we never knew was available to help slow down our mental soundtrack and bring perspective when life becomes overwhelming. Imagine if we had access to that world during our formative years.The practice of meditation and the impact of mindfulness would be engrained in our habits and, likely, facilitating more constructive responses when life gets hard. Now imagine that we have the ability to give our own children those tools. Slowly but surely, we are realizing that we do have that ability. In fact, it's the most important investment in the future we can ever make.
Schools and non-profits are beginning to introduce these tools into school curriculums, but it is far from becoming standardized across schools and curriculums. Many apps and videos offer readily-accessible content for parents to work with their children on meditation. But, every child is different, and as such, every child may need a different plan for learning and integrating meditation as a daily habit. Therefore, a customized plan that is individualized to each child will maximize the opportunity available to each child rather than forcing a “one size fits all” approach.
Once a child has embraced meditation and even mindfulness practices, evidence suggests that incredible things can happen to increase focus and concentration, reduced stress and anxiety, improved self-esteem and ability to manage emotions, and much more. (Please visit meditot.com for sources of supporting research).As the Dalai Lama once said, “If every 8-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
If focused, customized programming can give children those abilities— "superpowers" as I like to call them— then where can parents find a program or a person to work with their children to get started? We invite you to visit meditot.com for more information on private meditation lessons for your child. Now is the time to build the skills and superpowers that will last a lifetime and beyond.
The following articles regarding mindfulness and meditation for children may also be of interest to those seeking more information:
“Just Breathe: The Importance of Meditation Breaks for Kids.” HealthyChildren.org. April 19, 2017.
Walton, Alice G. "The Many Benefits of Meditation for Children”. Forbes.com October 18, 2016.