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Meditation: Children can also benefit
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Meditation for children is a great way to raise kids with a sense of focus and well being. After all, children are people too, and they are subject to their own interpretations of stress. Everything is relative. An occurrence might seem trivial to you, but it could be devastating to a child. We need to give them the tools they need to deal with stress, and other worldly concerns. Meditation for children can alleviate stress and anxiety, frustration, fear, anger, restlessness, and many more symptoms children suffer in this fast paced life we live in.
Children are naturally good meditators, so it is quite easy to introduce this concept to your children. Many adults are skeptical about their kid’s ability to meditate, because they, themselves, have a hard time sitting down and focusing. Well, nothing could be more wrong. Children love to meditate. It allows them to use their creative imaginations without boundaries. They may be sitting still, but their minds are like an IMAX Theatre Experience.
Children do not require a dark, quiet room, or a place free from distractions when they meditate. Children can easily jump into, and out of meditation, when something interrupts them. Much of this ability is due to their brainwave state: children naturally exist in a meditative state.
Our brains emit waves that can be detected and measured. The slowest detected waves are delta waves (4 cycles per second). We experience this wave pattern when we are sleeping, or in a deep hypnotic state. Interestingly, children from birth to two years old, spend most of their time in this state. As a child matures, these waves gradually quicken. Between two and six years of age, children spend much of their time in a theta state (4 to 8 cycles per second).
This is a calm, meditative state when the analytical mind is at rest. Later, a child’s brain wave pattern increases to the alpha state (8 to 12 cycles per second). In this state we are quiet, yet open to the workings of the world. Eventually, in adolescence, a child moves into the beta state (12 to 35 cycles per second). This is a state that lends itself well to analytical tasks, and is the state that most of us settle into in adulthood.
Benefits of Meditation for Children
* Reduced Prolonged Stress
* Reduced Anxiety
* Reduction In The Symptoms Of Attention Deficit Disorder
* A Calmer Sense Of Being
* Ability To Sleep On A Regular Schedule And Sleep Well
* Reduced Aggression* A Sense Of Relaxation
* An Improvement In Concentration
* An Improvement In The Ability To Focus
* Better Creativity
* A Clearer Memory
* Better Awareness
* Better Ability To Deal With Stress As It Comes
* Increased Tranquility
* A Healthier Mind And Body
* A Lower Risk Of Possible Future Health Problems
Obviously, practicing meditation for children on a regular basis (even just a few minutes per day), will have great effects for both you and your children. They will also appreciate that you are participating. Imagine having children that begin to show the benefits listed above. I know that as a parent you would be happy if even just one of those things helped your child, and I bet your child would too.
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