With enough practice, especially as extra sensory perceptions begin to arise (and pass away) in meditation, a child learns how to use their right brain better. Here is an example of using creative visualization to overcome an emotional challenge.
We can all agree that compassion is needed in today's world. It takes time to learn to balance compassion with real world realities. A 10-20 year practice can enable a child to be able to be compassionate in a world that needs more of it.
Three factors contribute to a strong meditations practice. 1. Meditation and seeking spiritual wisdom. 2. Applying that wisdom in our day to day life. 3. Hanging out with like-minded people who are pursuing similar goals with sincerity.
There is another more powerful means to achieve our goals. Over many years of practice, meditation becomes a driving force for tremendous good in our lives. Our decisions come from a karmically better place. The results are more wholesome. More beneficial to ourselves as well as for others. Our perspective becomes more long term. We are able to see the dots ahead of time instead of after the consequences have manifested.
- Abstract painting by Nitu Chhajer "God has given wonderful gift of creation only to woman. ..but her creation has no meaning without deep intimate loving harmonious relationship with her Man....A flower cannot bloom if there is no love....and only love is real....to make this creation, symbol of their unconditional love. ..meditation helps both to the great extent...as it helps them to meet their own shadows. ...Once they meet with own reality and if they both start working on it....their creative part of intimate relationship become more and more stronger. ...and they create beautiful flower full of love..."
A beautiful story for children to get familiar with the application of meditation in their day to day lives. Piku the Penguin. This is our first foray into the world of animation for our Medi-buddies aged 4-8 years old. www.beameditator.com
Once our meditation session is over and we have reached a state of joy. Sharing the joy is beneficial to us and to others. Loving Kindness is a very good practice for the same. You can read more about it here: http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm
When we start to teach children about meditation, we can help them become familiar with the process of observing their breath using games. Here is a simple game, in which we let children think of their belly as a balloon. While their mind is involved in the game, they actually end up learning to become conscious of their breath. Of Course in Ana Pana Sati or Breath-awareness meditation, we allow the breath to flow without any manipulation such as emptying out our belly. But it is okay to use this game as an illustration.
The Art of Living foundation conducted a survey of 30 students which shows good results. As each child is different, a unique path must be found for each child. However, meditation is definitely one of the things you can try. You can read the Art of Living Article here .
" As I meditate I adore the woman in me ....I feel safe and secured and protected....I feel happy loved as I meditate more and more....the word woman itself has word man....I respect both the masculine and feminine in me....yessss I am Safe...and secured as I love more and more the word man in WO-MAN ... " - Nitu Chhajer Artist: Nitu Chhajer. Nitu was recently featured in issuu magazine in its 'Star'tists Women's day special edition. https://issuu.com/priya152/docs/ilovepdf_merged/97
Most children absolutely love stories. One of the ways to help them become silent is to get them to close their eyes and listen intently to the story. Such activities can gradually lead them to silence and meditation.