Meditation for kids means healthier, smarter, more calm and compassionate human beings for our future.
“In an image-obessed culture, we are training our kids to spend more time and mental effort on their appearance at the expense of all the other aspects of their identitites.” —Meaghan Ramsey, Global Director of the Dove Self-Esteem Project
“If every 8 year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” —The Dalai Lama
I know the profound impact this practice has had on my life, especially in terms of emotional durability, maturation, and the ability to channel my awareness to create powerful outcomes.
I can’t even imagine the man I would be today if I had started to meditate by the age of eight, or eighteen for that matter.
Actually, I can . . . and that’s why I created Meditate by Eight.
Benefits of meditating over time (1+ years) include:
- Accelerated stages of psychological development (you get wiser, faster)
- Notable improvements in brain functioning
- Accelerated development of emotional intelligence
- Intuitive capacities grow and become more pronounced
Over the past 10 years, over 2,000 studies have been done working with meditation. It is recommended by virtually every domain of health professional throughout the world.
Meditation is the only technique that has been scientifically validated to accelerate this kind of vertical growth.
“The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” (JAACAP) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control) published research that showed an estimated two million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003 and 2012 and one million more children were taking medication for it.
What’s more concerning is—most of the diagnoses started before the age of six.
A study done at the National Therapies Research Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney Australia, showed significant improvements in ADHD symptoms with children who were taught to meditate. The children reported improved attention spans and less hyperactivity.
Other encouraging side effects listed were:
- Improved relationships with their parents
- Better sense of self-esteem
- 50 percent of the children that were on medication either reduced or stopped their medication completely, and still continued to improve their symptoms through continued meditation
Exposing our children to these ancient, yet practical, techniques could help them to cope better with stress and grow into living healthier lives.
Meditating Kids Could Be Our Future
And meditating with our kids is effectively meditating with a living creature that doesn’t have their intuitive faculties conditioned out of them yet.
We too, can get back in touch with this part of us.
Notice how children have access to an awareness of life that exists “behind the veil.”
These young souls have the capacity to “see” and “feel” things we have long lost and forgotten.
Because of this, we have an opportunity to expand in ways you normally wouldn’t when meditating by ourselves or with other adults.
This experience is truly something unique on many levels.
Benefits of Meditation for Kids
Children stand to gain a lot from meditation. If started early, the kids will have more to gain as they grow and later in their adult life. The benefits of meditation come in many forms; they vary from psychological, spiritual, and physical to emotional. Below is a list and brief explanation of each.
Meditation helps a child remember things more clearly. If started early, this will help them improve their grades in school.
- Greater creativity
- Improved memory
Due to focused attention, the children are able to explore their minds and formulate ideas. At childhood, that is when one’s creativity is at peak. What kids lack is focused attention which meditation helps to solve. With meditation, the child is now able to focus on his ideas which you can help him or her materialize. This course specifically helps you learn how to focus during meditation, something you can teach your kid how to do so.
- Reduced anxiety
- Prevents Addictions
Meditation helps children appreciate their surroundings; they are able to show more affectionate feelings towards others. People tend to respond in kind, something that will help your child develop a healthy self-esteem. Generally, meditation helps the child project a positive outlook towards life.
- Greater ability to love and be loved
- More confidence
- Positive attitude
Children will grow up healthier and stronger. The relaxing effect of meditation will help your kids sleep more soundly and luxuriously. Good sleep will further enhance their concentration.
- Better immune system
- Better sleep
Another reason why meditation for kids is a good idea…