Oct 14, 2009

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Meditation for Children: A Still Quiet Place

a still quiet placeResearch has long shown that meditation helps adults in many ways, from reducing stress and lowering blood pressure, to improving happiness and building self-confidence. New research is showing similar benefits in children, helping them to increase attention, reduce anxiety, and assist them in managing their emotions. These results not only help children in everyday life but also can form outstanding habits to carry them throughout life.

Even if you have used meditation in your own life, however, it can be difficult to figure out how to explain it to a child. Now you have help. Dr. Amy Saltzman, a holistic physician, mindfulness teacher, and mother, has developed a CD for parents and children called A Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children . The CD (which can also be downloaded via MP3) has eleven 3-minute meditations designed specifically for children.

The meditations describe meditation in language kids can understand (describing mindfulness, for instance as “a treasure hunt inside of you where both the map and the treasure are inside of you”). They also use tools to help kids understand the concepts. One of the meditations uses bubbles, another uses pebbles, still another asks a children to imagine that they are otters. An introduction for parents and a meditation for designed for parents are also included.

A Still Quiet Place is a perfect introduction to mindfulness and meditation for both children and parents– exactly what we need to find the treasures inside!

If you’d prefer video, here is a video of Dr. Amy guiding children through a meditation intended to improve attention and focus called Flashlight of Attention.

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