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To meditate is to focus attention on something concrete, be it a thought, an object, one's own consciousness, one's own body, our thoughts ...
Practicing meditation with children involves doing a multitude of activities in which children are focusing their attention on their breathing, something they are seeing, something they are doing… in order to calm the mind in the first place.
Susan Kaiser Greenland, one of the pioneers in the practice of meditation with children in the West, explains an episode in which her son comes to the kitchen crying, unable to explain what is happening to him. She, seeing that it makes no sense to ask him over and over to see what happens to him, decides to show him a snowball, the kind that shakes and one watches the snow fall towards the base. You show this over and over again, until your child calms down and that is when he is able to tell what is happening to him.
Meditating with children is observing how snow falls from a snowball; It is taking a walk observing what is around us; is staring at a bonfire; it is counting breaths while counting pebbles. To meditate with children is to sit with your hands on your belly, in silence, watching the belly go up and down. To meditate with children is to remain still, in silence, knowing that there is nothing to do but breathe.
He says Dalai LamaThat if we taught every eight-year-old boy meditation, we would eliminate violence in a single generation. For this reason alone it would be worth a try. But why is meditation so powerful?
- Calm: The first and immediate effect of meditation on children is to calm down, to calm down. Children, like adults, when they are calm is when they can focus their attention on whatever is going to happen.
- Greater concentration: So once calm is reached, the next step is to focus attention on what I want. This can be managing an emotion, doing an exercise, attending an explanation, watching a movie, playing with mom and dad, planning an action, understanding a friend who has a problem, saying no to something that can be dangerous ...
Indeed, meditation helps to 'stretch' the attention muscle, and in this way one is more aware of what is happening inside and outside of oneself; of what you want, and what you don't want. Of what you feel and what you do not feel. And what others want, feel or do.
1. You will be more responsible, both for your material things and your emotions, your life and your happiness.
2. You will love yourself more.
3. You will be able to concentrate better by being able to focus your attention on what you want, without falling into confusion.
4. You will have less anxiety and less stress.
5. You will sleep better.
6. It will be less impulsive.
7. You will have more self-esteem, and more security and self-confidence.
8. Your academic performance will improve.
9. You will improve the management of your emotions.
10. It will improve your social relationships. It will show more empathy and gratitude.
11. It will improve your immune system.
12. It will be less violent.
13. You will be better able to cope with frustrations and difficulties, as you will develop a greater capacity to accept what is happening.
14. Will be happy.
15. It will lay the foundations for a stronger maturity.
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