The Importance Of Meditation And Mindfulness
Meditation is a traditional practice that helps educate the mind and consciousness to be present in the now, helping free the mind from thoughts and reducing stress. One of the many ways to meditate is the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is about the present and our presence in the here-now planes, allowing us to recognize what is happening and accept the experience as it is flowing.
The benefits of these practices are many, especially in children, as they learn to develop feelings of calm and tranquility, improving their behavior and increasing their self-esteem.
Meditation can also be helpful in bullying situations, as these practices teach children to defend their beliefs, work on their inner strength, and communicate in a respectful way. Love, compassion, patience, generosity, and forgiveness are the pillars that support this practice.
Benefits of Meditation For Parents and Children
Mindfulness responds to the great need—especially in the times we live in—to have some peace of mind and physical tranquility.
Parents will find that some children have attention problems and an inability to concentrate. Studies seem to suggest that these problems are becoming more and more prevalent, especially in the classroom, as a group of teachers found that 75% of young people in their class have attentional problems.So, meditation and mindfulness appear increasingly convenient tools to incorporate into your and your children’s daily routine.
Meditating has many positive effects on our minds and
souls, such as:
- Reduce stress levels
- Approach us to our self-recognition
- Improves attention and concentration abilities
- Upgrades memory and cognitive development
- Helps to improve our mood.
How To Practice Mindfulness With Children?
Mindfulness Begins With The Breath
Focusing attention on the breath always helps children, parents, and teachers during those days when stress has built up or when dealing with complicated emotions. The first step to reacting mindfully when something seems overwhelming or difficult, is to stop responding or reacting and bring attention to the breath.
Training Attention As If It Were A Muscle
Being open, curious, and without prior judgment, is an art that children understand perfectly; whereas adults doubts and preconceived opinions begin to creep in.
Here are some exercises you can use to practice mindfulness:
- Together with your child, try to recall five things they see on the way to school. What do they look like? Try describing colors, shapes, sound etc.
- Pick up a tree twig, and together with your child, draw it in detail. Draw what you see, and only what you see, not what you think you see. If you do this for several days, you will see that more twig details appear, and that the drawing is more and more similar to reality.
Children can benefit from the practice of meditation and thus gain access to the experience of Mindfulness or “the here and now”.
The practice of meditation is character-affirming in the best sense of the word, calms the mind, soothes and enlightens, and even has very definite positive effects on the body.
Toley Ranz invites you to follow the three MMM method during those difficult days—it only takes a few minutes out of your day!
Mindful – Meditation – Moment.