If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation we would eliminate violence from the world within one generation. Dali Lama
Mindfulness is a way to support children’s social development and build resiliency. Exciting results show increased happiness and more successful relationships.
A child is imprinted with many influences... and all of this shapes a personality. When there's a mindfulness approach to living, it ultimately becomes the personality of the child to truly manifest and become who they are -- not trying to become a doctor or a lawyer, but trying to discover their gifts. At the same time, it allows the parents to wean themselves from this very analytical, competitive, linear thinking in life, trying to carry children towards certain goals, which ultimately is stressful for the parent.
In my work with children, I have seen children become more compassionate towards others and themselves through mindfulness practice – specifically, Loving Kindness practice. I have also witnessed how children can learn to be aware of their emotions and take a moment to notice what is happening for them before reacting. For example, naming anxiety, anger, worry, etc. has led them to reflect on what they need rather than to quickly react, while being 'swept up' in the emotion.
I teach Mindfulness to children in a fun, interactive way through songs, stories, games, movement, expressive arts, mindful eating and short meditation practices.
Most of the research on mindfulness for children has been conducted in the school setting. Recent studies have shown school mindfulness programs to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety among secondary-school children for up to six months after the program. Such programs can also help students focus during exams, as well as reducing stress and boosting happiness among high school students.