Ever since I discovered how much my son was being affected by the energy from his classmates, I have been on a mission to come up with ways of helping him cope and protect himself from the onslaught of inevitable roaming energies. Children and teenagers tend to be more open to receiving energy from other people because they have not yet learned that the energy from other people is invading their own space. They tend to become overwhelmed and this is when it becomes hard for them to concentrate; many times it may cause them to lash out at classmates, teachers and parents.
Luckily, I have personal experience with the benefits of meditation. It relaxes us and helps us to cope with the stresses of day to day life, so why wouldn’t it also be beneficial for children as well? I have done some research on the subject of meditation for children, and was surprised to find that there are several schools in the country that have incorporated meditation into each school day. Speaking with teachers and counselors, I found that they are beginning to see the benefit of meditation during class time. They feel that it would help the students relax and focus better when done at critical points in the day when most behavior issues start to develop. So, I began my own quest to find suitable meditations for children.
It is hard to find good meditation books for children, and not everyone has the resources or knowledge to find just the right book to use with their children. Many people have never meditated before – some don’t understand the concepts of meditation. A thought occurred to me…most of us are already leading guided meditations with our children. A guided meditation is simply reading aloud passages that provide visual stimulation and steer the mind away from the constant chatter in one’s head. It allows a person a short respite from their own physical existence and allows the mind to go to other places enabling you to relax for a few moments and go within your true self to find answers to daily problems.
Every parent, teacher or caregiver that spends time reading to their children is actually leading a guided meditation! If you choose a story with vivid, non-threatening descriptions; a story that teaches a lesson and engages the child’s thoughts; a story that they can relate to themselves in some way; you are, in effect, leading them in a relaxing meditation. No matter how old your children are, start putting some thought into the kinds of books they are reading and even if they are in their early teens, start reading to them again! Spend just a half hour in the evening reading to them and you may be surprised at how much they relax. In the long run, they will be able to focus better and you personally get the benefit of some bonding time.