Meditation has been considered as the art of the adult as it requires determination, focus, and strength. But parents are shifting their mindsets and want to inculcate the meditation techniques in their children from a very young age. Children, who meditate, show fewer signs of tantrum, traumas, and aggression. From a young age, their body and mind are calm and peaceful. They also spread their calmness in their surroundings, and others thrive under their care and company.
Teaching children mediation is good for their health, but can you get them to commit to this easily? No. children are restless and curious by nature and may want to run and roll outside in the mud than meditating beside you. They might practice it for a couple of days to quench their curiosity, but after a while, they will give up. So, how do you inculcate the art of meditation in your child? Read on, and find out.
How to get your child to meditate?
Children are always attracted to make-belief places. Which is why, they love stories so much. Start by asking them to close their eyes and create a place that they can imagine as their “happy place”. Include elements such as beach, sun, trees, etc. that your child is fond of. Once you create a mental picture in their head, they are more likely to see it till the end and keep seeing these beautiful places again and again.
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All meditating exercises start and end with breathing. They don’t have to be the usual breathing exercises. There are many fun breathing activities that you can do with your child as a “game”. This will interest them than simply sitting and breathing deeply. They will love playing these games and you will notice an improvement in their breathing habits soon.
Don’t force something on them-
Meditation requires one to close their eyes and keep their body relaxed with their back straight. But if your child doesn’t wish to follow this posture, then, don’t force them. Eventually, when they will see you do this, they will automatically be attracted to your discipline and follow in their footsteps. If you force them to do something, they are more likely to throw a tantrum and run away.
Meditation isn’t limited to the expanded capabilities in your mental abilities. It also includes the flexibility of your body and the circulation of the mind and body. When you will learn stretches with your children that are the poses of yoga, they will be interested in this physical exercise. You can call it acrobats to get their interest. Practicing the stretches every day will aid them to coordinate their body and mind together to their will. Meditation will make your child stable, thoughtful, and more aware of his or her body and surroundings. To teach them meditation, you don’t have to hire experts. Whether you are trained or novice, parents or grandparents you can teach the child to meditate.
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