Studies have shown that sustained meditation practices can have amazing benefits for kids.
- Increases attention span
- Reduces anxiety
- Helps kids feel happier and relaxed
- Helps kids connect to themselves so that they have a better understanding of their emotions and are better able to manage them
- Inspires kindness to others
I'd love all of these things for my child. I'm introducing meditation to him early so that he can build up his meditation practice as he grows up.
In this sound meditation I use a Tibetan singing bowl and ask Harlem to stay still for as long as he can hear it ringing. He can stay still for about 5-10 seconds. But in toddler time, that's a lot! Then we switch and he rings the bowl while I lie down. Hooray for any chance to be quiet and rest when you're with a kid all day.
For older children, you can have them stay still for 1-2 minutes after the bowl stops singing and ask them to observe the sounds around them. Maybe birds singing or cars driving by outside. Afterwards you can discuss what they heard and how they felt.
Parents, this is a great meditation for adults too. The sound of the singing bowl can help drop you into a place of awareness. Then focus on your sense of sound to stay in the present moment. See if you can sit and listen for 5-10 minutes. I use the Insight Timer app to track my time.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
More about the studies here: Science Shows Meditation Benefits Children's Brain and Behavior.