The idea of teaching meditation to children is relatively new in the Western world but has long been accepted in the East as an essential part of education, laying down skills that are of life-long benefit, Meditation can help children to cope better with their lives at school and at home. It gives children power over their thinking and their emotions by enhancing self-understanding and self-acceptance.


One way of introducing meditation to children is to first talk about the value to themselves of developing their powers of concentration, The mind is the most powerful asset they have. The clearer and more focussed it is, the more they can achieve in life. They might be inspired by the fact that all great sportsmen and sportswomen have remarkable powers of concentration and many of them enhance their skills through meditation and visualisation.


Children [and adults) fail to remember things because their minds are not focussed on what they are doing. Meditation helps the mind to practise focussing on one thing at a time without wandering off on a train of thought.


These meditations have been created to help children develop their emotional intelligence. Each meditation will enhance particular attributes or behaviours, You may like to integrate this into your activities with the children, For example: using 'Make it Real' to encourage creativity before on art activity, or 'Feel it' before physical exercise.


If you are a teacher using this CD in a classroom, you could allow the children to lie on the floor, if there is enough room, or to sit with their heads on their arms on the table. They should fee! able to relax. Some children do not feel safe with their eyes closed. Although the meditation will ask them to close their eyes, you can tell those who find this difficult to look at a special object like a crystal, or egg-timer, or a small soft toy.


 

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