Anna Narvid writes on matters of physical and emotional health for Examiner.com and says that teaching mindfulness to kids is an “extraordinary way to help them generate esteem, cultivate calm, and deal with difficulty.” Anna offers some thoughtful and beyond-the-usual ideas for practicing ‘meditation’ with children. Try a few, then let us know how they work for you and yours.
Meditation for Children—3 Simple Exercises
A. Drawing Meditation
1. Sit down with your child in a quiet, comfortable spot
2. Allow your child to pick one object in the room to focus on
3. With your child, look at the object and describe what you see
4. Have your child draw the object as best she/he can
5. Together, descriptively compare and contrast the drawing and the object
6. If your child seems finished with the exercise, then you are done—if not, continue…
7. Now, choose a different place in the room to sit
8. Look at the object again from this alternate location
9. With your child, look at the object and describe what you see
10. Repeat the exercise until you feel your child feels like she/he is finished!
B. Reporting Meditation
1. Toward the end of the day, sit with your child in a quiet, comfortable spot Continued