Childhood is often considered as the time when a person should be carefree without stress and complications of life. But truth be told, this is the time to build the child’s character, habits, concentration level and make sure he focuses on his life and well-being in general. Besides, life is fast these days and children are not strangers to a competitive world. Meditation is fast emerging as the most effective way of alleviating stress, addiction, anxiety, fear, anger, ADHD, panic attacks, etc. that is so common now in children. meditation techniques for children are very similar to the techniques used for adults. However, you must keep in mind a few pointers while teaching simple meditation:

• Children, unlike adults, can’t stay rigid and still at one place. The point of the meditation is relaxing so, let them relax and move freely. Let it be their decision where they would like to sit and how long they would continue with meditation. Don’t force them; it will not solve the purpose.

• Explanation is important to a child. Don’t just tell your child to practice meditation, explain in simple language why you want him to do it. Meditation techniques, if explained in a kid friendly manner, can also be a new game for your child.

• Choose the right kind of meditation music that suits the child. You can also play a few of them and ask your child which one he likes the most and play that. This will also serve the purpose of focusing your child and prevent the distractions.

• Children are especially creative and imaginative. If your child’s mind wanders off to a much imaginative world while meditating, encourage him to explore the world. This will lead to self-understanding that many adults lack.

Guided meditation is the best way of practice. Make sure you are guiding your child properly and calmingly in to the process. If possible, always take part in meditation with your child; the most effective way is to teach by example along with instructions.

• Give your child either beads or meditation stones that can be used while meditating. This will give them something tangible attached to the practice as well as something to concentrate while meditating.

• Be very patient with your child and try to remain as positive as possible. Meditation is difficult for adults and very difficult for children. Your child might want to resist meditation at first, but proper insistence will make them reconsider the decision. Also, concentration is not same in every child, so make sure you’re not comparing one child to another.

Benefits of meditation include:

• Reduced Anxiety and stress

• Reduction of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


• Reduction of future health hazards

• Clear memory and sharper mind

• Reduction and prevention of sleep disorder

• Improved ability to focus and concentrate

• Reduced aggression and anger

• Calmness and better ability to tackle stress

There are different websites and books on powerful meditation techniques for children. Consult and practice meditation with your child, it is truly the best gift you can give them.

Author's Bio: 

Jill Magso is a member of the Silva Team and contributes to spreading enlightened ideas and sharing teachings about meditation practices. The Silva Method encompasses a variety of powerful exercises that take you deep into Alpha and Theta levels of the mind so that you can work within your subconscious as well as your conscious mind.