Do I need to be experienced to teach kids meditation?

Somebody wrote something on this page that struck a chord with me.  There are many people, like us, who run courses that teach other how to teach kids mindfulness and meditation.  However some of them insist that the student learning to teach has lots of experience of mindfulness and meditation.

I know that this seems like common sense and yes, I truly believe
that we should be practising meditation ourselves as well as teaching our children (no point in them trying to be peaceful and we continue to be the opposite – yes?)

However I know from experience that complete beginners (adults wishing to support kids in this way) can teach their children meditation. I know this, because I’ve seen it and heard it with my own eyes and ears. Teaching children meditation is a 2-way experience. It’s a mindful experience, so in teaching we become more and more mindful and aware. We ‘think’ we are teaching children meditation, but what we are really doing is teaching them meditation and giving ourselves a moment with our own breath, our own body and our own mind to observe.

We give our children a life skill and beautiful gift when we teach them meditation. They give us a wonderful reminder to connect and be mindful of the inner child energy that needs nurture, space, peace and love.

So please don’t think you have to have a certificate or lots of experience to engage your children in this way. If you can’t afford courses or books, just do what you can. Read and absorb all the free stuff on the internet and start to rebuild the relationship with the loving, intuitive part of you that is always ready and able to teach your kids meditation.

For all of you who are trying to plant seeds of peace globally this way, thank you.


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