A Shared Understanding of Mindfulness and Meditation
"Hello everyone, I just wanted to give a special thank you to all our amazing students. It is so wonderful getting to know you all and having so much fun. I love how at the end of each term we all have a shared understanding of Mindfulness and Meditation which can help us achieve a more positive outlook on life"
Here’s a summary of research findings on the benefits of mindfulness particularly relevant to teachers, parents and children:
Research finds that mindfulness practice decreases stress and anxiety, increases attention, improves interpersonal relationships, strengthens compassion and happiness.
- Research now shows that mindfulness training increases connectivity in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is linked to improved attention, memory processing and decision-making abilities.
- Mindfulness training involves tuning in to internal and external experiences with curiosity resulting in increased self-awareness, social awareness, and self-confidence.
- Mindfulness training increases children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions, especially difficult emotions such as fear and anger, through breathing and other grounding techniques.
- Mindfulness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling, which improves children’s awareness of others and helps them to build positive relationships.
- Mindfulness training has been to shown to reduce the severity of depression, anxiety and ADHD in children.
- Mindfulness builds resilience by giving children skills to help them cope better with stress, as well as engage more fully with themselves and the world
Source: Kidsmatter, Mindfulness for Children
"I teach this because in my own life I had anxiety and also worried about certain things like dealing with difficult situations in my life. I wish I learned about Mindfulness and Meditation when I was younger. It is so rewarding sharing with students how to manage negative emotions as well as develop amazing habits that can help us become more compassionate and happier together."
Can meditation help all students, from primary school to university?
Meditation is not just for adults. Children and adolescents also benefit. Research shows that meditation in the classroom helps students become more focused, calm, quiet, settled and rested by providing them with an opportunity to learn how to relax and reflect.
"During class, Meditation can help children relax and be more present by focusing on breathing and being in the moment. Students listen to Guided Meditations laying down or sitting in a chair."
Be prepared, meditation actually changes the brain.
Meditation doesn't just help kids feel relaxed; neuroscience suggests that it changes the structure and function of the brain.
"Children love Mindful Games and the opportunity to reflect on their day in an Affirmation Journal. Simple ways to start creating self and social awareness, and, build positive relationships."
A question of commitment
A mindfulness and meditation practice for children does not require any sophisticated equipment. It requires only a little commitment from parents and teachers to encourage kids at least 10 minutes every day.
Sharing the Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation
Our Mindfulness and Meditation Resources for Kids have been utilised in classes since 2017. Parents who have children accessing our resources at home, or in a class notice a positive transformation in their kids' thinking and behaviour. Read our reviews.
- Initially, students find it challenging to control their “monkey minds” during 10-minute meditations. But, with practice over 8 week periods, 10 minutes become short for them, students also love to practice our meditations at home.
- For many students meditation in class is a first time experience, our meditations are guided and gradually allow kids to know themselves better, helping them feel more relaxed and peaceful. It also increases each students’ level of physical, mental and emotional awareness.
- Students feel happy that they can attend the classes and experience a sense of tranquillity during the meditation sessions sometimes drifting off to sleep.
"Studies find that children and adolescents benefit from learning mindfulness and meditation in terms of improved cognitive outcomes, social-emotional skills, and emotional wellbeing. In turn, such benefits may lead to long-term improvements in life."