to do it?
meditations for children include five steps:
2) Deep breathing
3) Concentration of the mind
4) Expansion of the mind
5) Productive activity
Relaxing the Body
stretching or yoga exercises will be recommended.
the yoga exercises, have the children tense and relax each body
part, starting with the toes and ending with the top of the head.
Or you can do the Waterfall Relaxation Meditation
with the children.
Gather the children to sit cross legged on the cushions, left
palm over the right palm;
ii) Keep the back straight and also relaxed as that will allow
a natural flow of energy up and down the spine;
iii) Have the children close their eyes;
Practise deep breathing for a few moments.
Breathe in to a count of three, hold the breath and breathe
out to a count of three;
As you breathe, you breathe in fresh energy, love, joy and peace.
They are entering and spreading throughout your body;
As you breathe out, imagine any negative feelings sadness,
boredom, anger or tiredness coming out through your nose
and leaving your body and disappearing.
Concentration of the Mind
step is focusing the mind at one point.
Visualise a point on your upper lip and concentrate at that point.
Draw all the energy and attention into that point while staying
very relaxed. Let any stray thoughts or memories pass through,
always gently drawing the attention back to the point.
Expansion of the Mind
the children's bodies, emotions and minds are quiet, they are
ready for the fourth step: true meditation -turning inside for
their own answers and wisdom. Guide the children to expand their
imagination and awareness through guided imagery. By using guided
imagery, the children will learn to see themselves on a movie
screen in their minds as a caring, loving, patient person. This
will aid them to perform better as a human being as their thoughts
are slowly being transformed into wholesome and positive ones.
Slowly bring your attention back to your body. Feel all your body
parts. Slowly wriggle your fingers and toes. Rotate your head.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes.
is now time for the fifth step:
the newfound energy, wisdom, insights and heightened awareness
into some useful and productive activity. Direct the children
to channel this newly focused energy and creativity into dance,
art, story writing, music, sharing, class discussions, creative
communication, awareness games or academic work.
tone of voice to use
remember that when you are speaking, you will do so in a very
slow, relaxed voice, pausing to let the scene sink in, so that
the child, whose eyes are closed and who is focusing inward, can
easily visualise and feel the scene. The way you use your voice
is very important. You will find it best to drop your voice by
a few tones, speaking more and more slowly, with a soothing quality.