Meditation is child’s play

Meditation together with my youngest son. Teaching your child to meditate does not mean that the child has to sit still for half an hour or more. 3 to 5 minutes is enough, also for adults. It is up to the child if it wants to sit longer than that. The challenge is to have a routine. For example, in the evening before bedtime after you have read a book together. Use simple techniques like a short breathing meditation with focus on the heart. Techniques that the child can also use during the day, such as before a test at school. In this way, the child will learn that meditation is something that can be useful for the rest of their lives. Studies show meditation can aid in controlling episodes of ADHD, PTSD, and depression. According to Carolyn Williams-Orlando, PhD., “In clinical practice, many children benefit from learning meditation, including those with autism, trauma, anxiety, and attentional, behavioural, or depressive conditions.” (Williams-Orlando, 2013). 

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