It is suitable for children aged from 8 years through to early teens but we have found that people of all ages enjoy these meditation journeys. It can be used at home, at school or in other settings for children.
Meditation enables children to alleviate stress and anxiety by resting, calming and rejuvenating their bodies, minds and spirits. Why is stress a problem in children’s Lives? Harried parents and teachers produce harried and anxious/stressed children. There are social concerns about the growing numbers of chronically unhappy, hyperactive, depressed, lethargic and unmotivated children, now being seen by clinicians and taking medication for attention deficit and anxiety.
In today’s fast-paced society there are few opportunities for quiet, reflective time for teenagers where they can simply “be”. Pushing children too hard, too fast and expecting them to achieve too much can cause them to burn-out. We are often so keen for children to live up to their potential that we expect them to be busy and occupied nearly every waking moment.
As a result children are often left feeling lonely, inadequate, helpless and despondent – with no way to communicate this desperation to others. Making time to simply “be”, where children can slow down, let go of their anxieties and worries for a while, rejuvenate and replenish physically, emotionally and spiritually is one of the most important life lessons they can learn. Success at school and in other activities in important and worthwhile, but not at the expense of a child’s wellbeing and happiness.
Total time: 53.49″
About the Authors
Patrice Thomas has been a educator in the early childhood, primary and special education field for thirty years. She currently lectures part time at a university in the Sydeny area and is director of Mindful Connections, a wellbeing practice in North Sydney that supports children, parents and professionals with stress management, relaxation, mindfulness and holistic learning strategies. Simon Blow is a Sydney, Australia based master teacher of Qigong (Chu-Kung).
The ancient Chinese art of relaxation, healing and rejuvenation. He is the author numerous books, DVD’s and Meditation CD’s, as well as a sought after speaker and workshop presenter. Simon has been working for over thirty years to help spread the benefits of meditation, peace and lover. He works with many different groups helping them to develop self-healing skills to manage their stress levels and imrpove their quality of life. Simon has been initiated into Dragon Gate Daoism and given the name of Xin Si meaning Genuine Wisdom and is a 29th generation of the ancient Dayan – Wild Goose Qigong. He also is a Stan ding Council Member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong. Beijing China.”