As a parent, you always want the best for your children. You always want to give them the best of everything, whether it’s food, clothes, or education. You get them the best gifts that you can afford on their birthdays and work hard to give them a comfortable lifestyle. You always do whatever it takes to keep them healthy and happy. But how about giving them a tool to maintain emotional stability, calm and awareness? I am talking about the practice of meditation for children, a simple yet extremely effective technique and one of the most valuable skills we can teach our children to lead a happy and calm life.
Regularly practicing meditation has numerous beneficial effects on children’s mental, emotional, and intellectual development. It helps children tune into themselves and develop better social skills.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of meditation for children (and adults):
1. Harnesses the “Monkey Mind”
The mind tends to jump from one thought to another like a monkey. Tension makes the mind restless and adds to this state. Meditation is a practice where children focus their attention completely on one thing and with practice frees their mind from tension and stress. It rests the “monkey mind” and lets a child function more effectively and with clarity.
2. Supports & Enhances Healthy Emotional Development
Meditation allows children to introspect on their negative emotions such as frustration or fear. It helps children more objectively and compassionately observe themselves so that they are not overwhelmed by such strong feelings. It also teaches children that the stresses in their life are short-lived and are a part of a cycle. Kids learn to pay attention to breathing, identifying the physical sensations that come with anxiety or sympathetic nervous system arousal, and thus, “centering” themselves in the here and now.
3. Opportunity to Unplug & De-Stress
Meditation helps children focus on the present. As kids learn to focus on their breathing or any other object of meditation for a particular duration of time it slows down the mind and increases their attention span to focus on what is happening at the moment, with time this relieves stress and anxiety
4. Improves Academic Performance
Meditation practices make children feel calmer. It enables them to control their emotions better, enhances emotional ability to deal with stressful events like exams or personal problems, improves behavior, lowers depression and anxiety, and improves memory.
The StoryMoment App brings to you bedtime stories with mini-meditation practices as an add-on feature. The exercises are easy to follow and give young children the feeling of being quiet and still, and time to breathe and imagine. The stories reassure your children and let them know that it is okay to have different kinds of feelings and emotions. while the meditation practices teach them to calmly observe and be accepting of themselves and their surroundings.