Today one mum reviews a book of meditations for children.
I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation myself for a while now. It suddenly occurred to me that this practice might be useful to my hyper vigilant, very bouncy 12 year old. I therefore set about doing a internet search to find a book which would help me teach my son how to meditate and be more mindful with the hope of increasing inner calm and grounding him more.
My searches lead me to this book, Mindfulness for Kids 1 by Dr Nicola Kluge. It contains seven meditations to do with children, each themed and for each theme there are a number of additional activities you could carry out.
It’s not a long book at only forty pages but the price of £2.90 ON Amazon, seemed very reasonable.
I decided to start at the beginning, with the first meditation, Water Lily –Gentle Relaxation. I decided to include some of the additional activities to do with my son before the actual meditation.
Using pictures of water lilies and lily ponds I printed off the internet, we discussed various aspects of the pictures. The book includes questions for you to ask like “What does a water lily need to grow?”
We used the questions but I found others to ask based on how I conversation went. It was an enjoyable thing to do with my son and felt like we were spending some quality time together.
We found words to describe the flowers and the ponds and then used a thesaurus to find other alternative words as well.
At the end my son lay on the sofa and I read the meditation script. He was calm and peaceful throughout and seemed very relaxed. He said afterwards that it made him feel really good and he liked the experience.
We have since done a couple of the other meditations but not any of the other activities. All the meditations have really positive and helpful themes, for example “Power Shield – Loving Kindness Practice” and “Treasure Island – Discovering Inner Gifts”. All the practices are for children aged between 5 or 6 and up to 12. My son is already 12 and I could see him still being happy with them for a little while longer.
I think for what I paid for this book it exceptionally good value for money and I know we will get good use out of it.