Meditation Monday

Practicing meditation with children can be very special.  It is not something that needs to be discussed, simply practiced.  Adults often need explanations for their minds to engage, but children naturally engage.  For adults, we often start by looking outward and eventually turning inward, for children it is the opposite.

Here is a guided example for children.  It is based on the Buddhist meditation of loving-kindness.

Me:  I express loving kindness to myself

Child:   I express loving kindness to myself

Me:  Whom else can we think of to express loving kindness to?

Child:  teddy bear

Me:  I express loving kindness to myself and teddy bear, let’s say together

Us:  I express loving kindness to myself and teddy bear…

We go on to include others we can think of, parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, and then turn to those in need like a sick grandparent or friend.  As a child matures, this can evolve into those not in ones direct experience.

Loving Kindness Meditation for Children