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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Teaching Children Meditation

Sunday, May 23, 2010
One of the biggest questions that I have had in raising my children is whether or not to teach them meditation. And the answer that I have reached is that when they have the attention span to sit still for more than five minutes is most definitely yes.

Yet this brings up the question; how do I teach them? While the answer will depend greatly on the age of the child there will be some similarities in the methods used to teach them. So I have put together some guidelines for you to follow, if you decide to teach your children how to meditate.
  1. Don’t expect too much from them. Remember that they are just kids
  2. Remember also that they do have a short attention span. Don't force them if they get bored or antsy.
  3. Never show disappointment or impatience with children.
  4. Make it perfectly clear that it is not a competition. Especially if you have more than one child.
  5. Keep all instructions simple and use as few words as possible.
  6. Use a gentle and soft voice when giving those instructions.
  7. Show a good example. If they see you being patient and, caring, happy and relaxed then they are more likely to be and stay motivated.