Meditating with Children
With increasing numbers of Americans – children and adults alike – experiencing stress, it’s no surprise that people are turning to meditation for relief. Meditation and mindfulness practices (the focused awareness of the present moment) are becoming more popular both in school curricula and outside the classroom. Is meditating with children another fad, or can it offer tangible benefits to children and families?
Countless studies have linked meditation to increased happiness, less stress, better sleep, and greater overall health. Almost all these studies, however, focused on adults. The effects of meditation on children are studied far less, though the few existing studies do point to similar benefits in kids.