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Mandala meditations for kids

I love mandalas.

teaching children meditation with mandalas

www.mandalaproject.org

They are one of the most effective ways to teach children mindfulness skills while they meditate.

The idea behind mandalas in Buddhist practices is to create the mandala out of coloured sand while paying attention to thoughts, body, breath and emotions.  Then when complete,  the mandalas are released to symbolise impermanence and non-attachment.

However we can use paper mandalas just as effectively with young people.

If you find it difficult to get your kids to sit still and meditate in the way you think they should, then you need to change the way you think about meditation.  Mandalas can help you do this.

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Tips to avoid Christmas Chaos – mindfulness for you and the kids

 

Please note we are now closed for the festive season till 5th January 2016, however you can still purchase CDs/books (we’ll post them out on our return) or book courses online (your payment confirms your place as space is limited). Or drop us an email for our return!

Changing Education with Mindfulness and Meditation

I had an extraordinary trip to the States recently.

It seemed to tie in with how I feel (strongly) about teaching kids and young people meditation.

I am a passionate advocate for meditation becoming a natural part of the school day. It should be introduced into the school curriculum in the same way that we include the sciences and the arts.

When it (eventually) is introduced (hopefully in my lifetime) it will help both the stressed-out teaching staff and the overwhelmed students. Continue reading

what is a connected kid? teaching meditation and mindfulness

There’s a whole story behind the name ‘connected kids’.

Originally we had called our programme after the first book ‘Calm Kids – help children relax with mindful activities‘.    However the name didn’t sit comfortably with me.  I felt a bit ‘icky’ with the idea of adults trying to ‘calm kids’ down.   Meditation isn’t about this.  It is so much more.

Yes, ultimately we want kids to feel centered, grounded, ‘calm’ and peaceful.  But many adults (especially parents) can’t meditation_kidsimagine their kids being calm… when they are so… full of life!

Plus, some adults approach the whole idea of teaching meditation as ‘being in control’ and have a fixed idea of what kids (and teens) meditation should look like.  Not so. Continue reading

Colour Meditation for Kids and Teens – helpful tips

I was recently asked about using the colour meditation script in my Calm Kids book and the significance of the colour that children choose.

This video blog should help you understand and give you some useful tips for teaching kids using a colour meditation.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=RQp15BA5j20%3Frel%3D0
My 2nd book Connected Kids – help kids with special needs shine through mindful activities is now available in paperback .