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Science and Meditation for Children

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There have been multitudes of studies over the years on the effects of meditation, and how it can benefit children. Although many studies suggest further studies need to be done to clearly see the true benefits of meditation, according to an article in the 2006 “Psychological Bulletin”, they say that EEG patterns begin to slow as a result of the practice of meditation.(1)

There is no doubt, meditation does change the brain. (2) The benefits  with regular meditation practice have included growth in certain sections of the brain, being able to sustain concentration for longer periods of time and a greater sense of compassion and understanding in others. Meditation practice is similar to learning a new skill such as learning to ride a bike or play a musical instrument (3), hence  an ideal opportunity for children to take up the art of meditation at an early age, since cognitive abilities are fresh and practical ideas learned with much fluidity.

Having learned meditation at a later age in life myself, (I was 20 years of age when I first experienced meditation), I have come to understand how it affects me on a personal level and the benefits I have experienced in all areas of my life. This is the reason why I decided to make a children’s relaxation CD, in the hope that children can gain from meditation at a very young age – giving them a positive start to life, and as a benefit to world peace at large.

On the MP3 “I believe In Me”, I have also included affirmations spoken and sung to uplifting music… reminding children that they are special and unique in all that they are. Ideally I would love to hear that children embrace their differences, rather than be afraid or ashamed of them. This was my goal in the making of this recording.

 

Please click on the picture  if you would like to hear samples of the album and you will have the opportunity to download the MP3 album “I Believe In Me” instantly.

 

References:

1.Cahn, Rael; John Polich (March 2006). “Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies”. Psychological Bulletin 132 (2): 180–211. DOI:10.1037/0033-2909.132.2.180. PMID 16536641. Retrieved 3/3/12.

2.^ http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/web/pubs/2008/buddha_brain_IEEE.pdf Buddha’s Brain: Neuroplasticity and Meditation by Richard Davidson and Antoine Lutz

3.  “Train Your Mind Change Your Brain” by Sharon Begley pages 229–242, in the chapter “Transforming the Emotional Mind”

 

 

 

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