Children need to have a form of meditation in their lives as much as us grown ups do. My experience has been that the expressive techniques in “Laughter, Tears, Silence : Expressive Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart” are ideally suited to children. They are already laughing, playing, running and jumping. Just offer them a quiet few minutes to sit or lie down after their activity. This helps them calm down, for example before eating or before going to bed or before a math class or a math test!
Here are some 2 Minute(longer if they like) Meditation suggestions for children:
* Laughter – good for relaxation, fun, creativity
* Gibberish –good for expressing anger, frustration, and also having fun.
* Dancing-good for creativity, activating joy and releasing tensions.
* Humming– healing for the heart and centering.
* Children’s Mystic Rose-good for laughter, tears and silence.
* Running-good for releasing tensions and activating life energy and joy
* Playing-good on every level.
* Drawing/Painting/Crayoning-good for creativity, relaxation, fun.
The first expressive stage is always to be followed by approximately the same amount of sitting or lying down in silence – or as quiet as they can be. Start with one minute of each stage.
Sometimes children need more time to let off steam and so it might take them a little longer to fall into a collective quiet. Allow them to find it themselves without being authoritative or judging them. Keep it short unless they ask for it to be longer(which they might well do). Make it fun, light, a sharing. Do not use force. If they don’t want to do it, let go of the idea. Suggest it at another time.
If the word “meditation” is not appropriate to use in your situation, call them relaxation techniques, fun-time or other wording of your choice. Children naturally and easily fall into a calm, silent place if they have first had an opportunity to take the lid off the pressure cooker and express themselves freely.