| Posted by My Super Nanny
Adults benefit from it – so why not pass the meditative baton to our kids?
Granted, the concept of meditation is synonymous with extremely positive connotations – but why is this elusive practice so ‘beneficial’?
According to the Art of Living, ‘Prana’ (the vital life energy) is the very basis of health and well-being, for both body and mind’.
Things in every day life that can deplete prana range from the foods we eat, the stressful times we endure, being in the mere presence of difficult people, emotional situations, poor lifestyle or a general disrespect for knowing and respecting your heart. The Art of Living continues on to state, “you can gain prana through meditation. When your body is alive with more prana, you feel alert, energetic, and full of good humor. A lack of prana results in lethargy, dullness and poor enthusiasm”.
Of course, health as we know it, extends to spiritual health, mental health and physical health. Meditation aims to address any dis-ease amongst any and all of those components.
Mediation is actually not a new phenomenon to Australia, despite its infiltration from various Eastern cultures.
In fact, our Australian Aboriginal people have nailed the practice of meditation for decades; “Dadirri” is the term they’ve prescribed for it.
According to Shared Wisdom, “that this contemplative focus permeates their entire way of life, their whole being—that dadirri continually renews them on a day-to-day basis, bringing them peace, creating harmony where there is disharmony, producing balance where there is imbalance, restoring health where there is illness.
There are no great hidden truths here, no 'secret knowledge' hidden away for centuries, waiting for a bunch of New Age charismatics with power point presentations to rediscover them, excavate them, and write a book about them, proclaiming them as the solution to all our problems, personal and collective”. It goes on to mention that “Dadirri conveys a simple and unmistakable truth—that the practice of Dadirri makes the Aboriginals feel whole again”.
Talk about being ahead of the trendy times.
As adults, we have a multitude of issues that cloud our mind, body and soul. Making it difficult for many of us to concentrate and effectively practice meditation.
Yet looking at kids, obviously they are less clogged with adult issues.
Meditation talk would translate this as kids being more pure than adults.
Thus, kids can truly benefit from, sink into and understand meditation much faster than the common, busy minded adult.
Here’s some surprising facts supporting meditation in kids from Chopra.com;
“The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control) published research that showed an estimated two million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003 and 2012 and one million more children were taking medication for it. What's more concerning is—most of the diagnoses started before the age of six.
A study done at the National Therapies Research Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney Australia, showed significant improvements in ADHD symptoms with children who were taught to meditate. The children reported improved attention spans and less hyperactivity”.
Bemusing isn’t it.
Where to begin?
Introducing your kids to meditation can be daunting, so here are our top tips to slowly engage your little ones.
No one can concentrate when they have an empty stomach. Ensure your little one/s have had a light snack 30 minutes or so before meditation – skip the sugar too (being still and bouncing off the walls don’t co-exist!).
Ensure there aren’t any distraction. Turn off TVs, radios and place yourself into the quietest part of the house/environment.
Meditation can be practiced lying down or sitting up. It’s important to be comfortable – have a blanket on stand by if need be.
4. Quality not quantity
Start off meditation sessions that span a few minutes long. 2 full minutes of meditation is better than a disjointed 20.
Not feeling it today? If you’re trying to meditate with your little one/s and they are just not having it – abandon ship. Never force it, but do discuss the reasons why it may be proving difficult in that instance
Want to learn more about meditation and mindfulness?
Our go-to website is; https://thebroadplace.com.au. If meditation is your thing, you’ll get stuck there… in a good way.