Research has revealed that meditation can actually change our brain. People in one study showed changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, learning, sense of self, empathy, and stress. My kids learned to meditate in elementary school and it was really good for them. I am really excited that more schools are employing these simple tools to help kids focus.
I am a huge fan of meditation.
Anyone can meditate and teach their kids to practice mindfulness. Here are some resources I have found if you need help getting started:
You can download a free app to help your kids get on their way to meditating HERE.
Here is a Youtube playlist. I just searched Youtube for “Kids Meditation.” You can do the same to find videos that your kids may like better.
A really practical article on getting kids to meditate can be found on Deepak Chopra’s website.
Check out the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center for online classes, classes in Spanish and research studies that have been done.
The Mindful Child is a book that shows parents how to teach these transformative practices to their children.