5 Tips On Meditation For Children

5 Tips On Meditation For Children PostIn case you’re not aware, children can be taught to meditate. The main thing to keep in mind when it comes to meditation for children is that it needs to be kept simple and fun so that they see it more as a game, than something serious.

Almost anyone can teach children to meditate regardless of whether they are a seasoned meditator or not. Here’s three simple tips that any mum, dad, teacher or adult can use to help show their kids how to meditate.

  1. Make it a game – We all know that children and adults learn faster and easier when we are engaged and have fun while learning. meditation is no different. If your child thinks that meditation is a chore, or another task to fit in their day, then they’ll most likely kick-back on it. The more you can make meditation a fun activity that they can look forward to the more likely it will be that your child will want to meditate.
  2. Help them to go with the flow – Whether you’re using a guided meditation, a movement meditation, or simply helping them to pay attention to their body or breath, try not to put any rules on what happens next. Meditation is best done when it’s left top be organic in nature and then gently reminding them to come back to the focus of the meditation. Everything that happens during the meditation is allowed as part of the meditation journey. Then, we gently help to bring the attention back to the focus of the meditation.
  3. Let them discover what meditation means to them – Meditation is a personal journey for everyone. We all have our reasons for wanting to learn to meditate, and that’ll be no different when it comes to why you want your child to meditate. However, don’t make their meditation about your needs, instead make it about what it can mean to them. If they discover that meditation helps them to feel more relaxed and sleep better, then that’s what it means to them. If it means that they feel lighter, then that’s what it means to them. Whatever their experience is, is what’s true for them.
  4. Encourage them to use their imagination – Visualizations are a great tool for meditation and encouraging your child to use their imagination to create a safe, peaceful, and fun space while meditating is always a good thing. This might mean that you also need to tap into your imagination as well so that you can reach them at their level without any judgment or limitations.
  5. Walk the talk alongside them – If you’re going to teach kids how to meditate, then it will help if you are learning to meditate at the same time. Not only will this help to give you a solid foundation to work from, it’ll also help you to connect with your child from a more practical level of experiential learning.

Teaching meditation to kids has many benefits for both the person teaching and the kids. The person teaching gets to engage children in something that is simple, free, and will bring them a lifetime of happiness if they take a shine to it.  Whereas the kids get to play, have fun, and discover a new way to relate to their mind, body and feelings.

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Meditation At Home Made Simple

Meditation At Home Made Simple PostOne of the things I love most about meditation is that I get to meditate at home. Things have really changed since I started meditating 17 years ago as it is now more mainstream and there are a growing number of meditation apps that make meditating from home a cinch.

Meditation At Home For Beginners

I must admit that I didn’t learn to meditate at home. I started out by joining an eight week introduction to meditation course that helped ease me into the habit of meditating. If I was learning to meditate now, I would most likely start out with one of the many apps that are available, or join one of the many free meditation challenges that are offered online.

But in case you are not sure if meditation is right for you, and you want to know what you can do to do meditate in the convenience of your home, here’s some simple tips to consider.

Learning How To Meditate At Home Tips

    1. Decide on what type of meditation you want to start with – There’s plenty of meditation techniques and audio’s to choose from but my recommendation would be to start with mindfulness meditation. This can also be accessed using free trials such as Meditation Dojo.
    2. Make sure you are comfortable – Meditation can be done while standing, sitting, moving, or even lying down. Finding somewhere quiet where you’re less likely to be disturbed is a good place to start, then choose what type of meditation you are most drawn to. Most people start with sitting meditation but that’s up to you.
    3. Choose a time of day that works for you and stick to it – Meditation works best when you stick to a routine. I like to meditate for 20 minutes every morning as it helps me to start the day with a clear, calm mind. Start with anything from 5 minutes of meditation and work your way up to 20 minutes over time.
    4. Have fun with your meditations – Don’t take your meditation time too seriously as it’s not meant to be approached that way. When you approach meditation with an attitude of curiosity and adventure, then you keep it light and fun. Meditation is after all the art of doing nothing with joy.
    5. Try not to have any expectations – Let go of the need for your meditations to look or feel a particular way. When you have an expectation of what ‘should’ happen, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, have an attitude on non-judgment towards them and give yourself at least 30 days of constant meditation before you make up your mind about it.

Meditation is the most amazing tool at our disposal to enjoy a better quality of life. I’m so glad I got started when I did because meditation is now a lifelong habit for me and the on-going benefits that come from it are never-ending.

The secret to long-term success in meditation is to find a meditation technique that resonates with you. You’ll know when that happens because it’ll make meditating easy and fun for you. If you’re even thinking about trying meditation then I urge you to just do it and see how it goes for you over the next 30 days.

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Meditation For Success In Daily Life

Meditation For Success In Daily Life postIf you’ve ever wondered how meditation and success work together, then this will help. Not only are major corporations hopping aboard the meditation band-wagon, so too are A-list celebrities, CEO’s, and just about anyone who wants more balance in their daily life.

The Secrets To Meditation For Success In Life

I used to be one of the biggest cynics around when it came to meditation. There was nothing I could think of that I’d rather do less because my life was all about being on-the-go all the time, and I hated to be still even for a moment.

Then, one day I was forced to slow down for awhile when my life took a turn for the worse. That’s when I decided to look a little deeper into meditation and I found that it helped me to be okay with being still. As I became busier again I discovered that I was able to maintain this space of stillness and calm just by doing 20 minutes of meditation a day.

Here’s some more secrets to help make meditation work for you:

1. It helps to reduce stress and tension in the mind and body. The way it does this is that it helps you to step back from the busy mind so that you can have time-out from the non-stop energetic busyness and distractions that plague us most of the time.

2. Thoughts are real forces. Each thought we pay attention to carries an energy that is either positive or negative in nature. This means that every time we focus on something that causes us to be worried, stressed, pressured, or overwhelmed, then we are flooding our system with negative energy. Meditation helps us to reverse this trend.

3.  It’s just like going to a gym for the mind. Meditation helps us to exercise the mind in a way that produces more calm, clarity, and focus. Just by putting aside 10 or 20 minutes a day to quiet the mind and pay attention to the present moment, you can exercise the mind to find peace.

4. Meditation increases compassion and empathy for others. In other words it makes you a nicer person. Because it helps you to relax deeply and develop a more intimate relationship with yourself, meditation also makes you feel better about yourself. When this happens, then you are kinder to others.

5. It helps you to not take life so seriously. All too often we get caught up in the notion that what we think or feel is who we are. When that happens then life tends to become overwhelming and it’s easy to take things more seriously than we need to. Meditation helps us to create space from our thoughts and feelings, which helps us to let go and relax.

These are just a few of the ways that meditation can help you to have more success in your life. Success is far more than what we do, own, or have in the bank. At the end of the day, to me success is about how happy and fulfilled we are from moment to moment. It’s not about any destination we are moving towards, it’s about how present we can be in our lives.

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Are You Doing Meditation The Wrong Way?

Are You Doing Meditation The Wrong Way PostI get a lot of people asking me about their meditation practice and if they are doing it the right way or not as they don’t seem to be getting any benefit from it.

The first thing to understand about meditation is that there’s nothing really complicated about it. I call it the art of doing nothing because if you can sit, walk, run, eat or do anything while being present in the moment, then you are meditating.

There’s nothing special required except to be present. The more present and aware you are to what is happening both within and around you, the more meditative you become. So the mind and body can go on ‘doing’ whatever it likes but if you can stay centered and be present, then meditation happens automatically.

How To Meditation Properly

The real secret to meditating the ‘right’ way is to follow the simple guidelines below:

1. Meditation is what happens when you stop being distracted. It is a state of peacefulness and stillness that comes from being present. It doesn’t require any fancy methods or techniques to make it happen as it’s a natural state of being.

2. Let go of any expectations around how your meditation should look or be. Even sitting for a few minutes while your mind is chatting away and your body is fidgeting can still yield results because the mind cannot always know what is happening beneath the surface.

3. Meditation can happen even when you’re not expecting it like when you go for a run and get into the ‘zone’ – that is meditation. Or, when you feel really happy for no reason at all and your mind is at peace – that is meditation. Or, even when you day dream and lose some time – that is meditation.

4. Because meditation can be done while sitting, standing, moving, or even laying down, it’s easy to do anywhere and anytime. No special equipment is required as you can use your breath, your body, or even an object to help you stay focused and centered.

5. Consistency is the key. If you are going to give meditation a go, then you need to be consistent with it. Just like going to the gym and training a muscle to get stronger, the more you devote some time to meditate each day, the more your meditation mind will grow.

6. If you get bored while your meditating try some other meditation techniques until you find one that works for you. There are thousands of meditations to try so it’s highly likely you’ll eventually find one that is perfect for you. Once you find it – keep using it.

7. If all else fails and you still find meditation doesn’t work for you, then most likely you are stuck in a pattern of judgment and rather than stressing yourself out – quit while you’re ahead. Even though meditation can be done by anyone, it doesn’t mean that it is for everyone.

The great news is that the benefits from daily meditation will happen even if your mind tries to tell you that it’s not working. All that’s required is to do 5 or more minutes a day. If you can commit to that then you’ll be well on your way to a happier, calmer and more centered life.

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3 Simple Mindfulness Meditation Techniques For Instant Calm

Techniques For Instant Calm PostUnless you’ve been living in a cave for awhile it’s probably safe to assume that there has been moments when you would give just about anything to have a few minutes of peace and quiet to yourself. This could be because of work stress, relationship stress, money stress, or even simply struggling to keep up with your to-do list stress.

Finding a quick way to deal with everyday pressure so that you can clear your head and recharge depleted energy levels is not always the easiest thing to do. Sure, it’s easy enough to jump in the car and take yourself down to the beach, or have a weekend pamper vacation, but that’s not always convenient or doable depending on circumstances.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindful meditation is really just the art of paying attention to the moment with an attitude on non-judgment. Then, when you notice that your mind is wandering, re-focus your attention.

One of the most common mindfulness techniques is to watch your breath come in and go out of your body, with particular attention being paid to the feeling of the breath as it comes in through the nose and out through the nose.

This helps you to step back from the busy mind and not get so drained by the constant stream of stressful, anxious, annoying, or negative thoughts and feelings that arise as you are faced with the pressures of the day.

Just by slowing down and becoming aware of our thoughts and feelings we are able to detach from them. When we do that then the stress response in our body starts to disengage and the relaxation response gets switched on.

Ideally, you would do this for say 20 minutes at a time for the maximum benefit but even one minute of mindfulness a day is far better than none at all.

3 Fun and Easy Mindfulness Exercises

Here’s a few simple mindfulness meditation techniques you can use anywhere and anytime you want:

1. Stop what you are doing for 1 minute and be perfectly still. Don’t plan to stop, make it spontaneous. Even if you’re just about to pick up your cup of coffee, stop half way and then freeze where you are. Be as still as you can and just be aware of your body. You can breathe, but don’t move a muscle. Then, after 60 seconds, start moving again.

This is an awesome technique for bringing your energy back to your body as the mind is constantly moving from one thing to the next and never giving your body a break. Just this simple action of stopping a few times a day for just 60 seconds will leave you feeling deeply centered and more energized.

2. Move you body real slow. A very simple mindfulness exercise is to see how slow you can move your body doing pretty much anything you like. It could be lifting your hand to scratch yourself, standing up from your chair, or even tapping on an app on your mobile device. It doesn’t matter what movement you do slowly, anything at all will do.

Regardless of how simple or complex a movement you are doing, go as slow as you can for 30 seconds or more and just pay attention to what your body is doing. Then return to your normal speed and notice the difference in how you felt when you slowed down.

3. Consciously smile. It may sound crazy to smile when you’ve got no reason to or don’t feel like it but don’t let it’s simplicity fool you. This technique can open the door to a happier and healthier frame of mind and body. Start off with a minute or two of smiling and then see how long you can  keep it going. Even after a few minutes you’ll notice a positive difference in your mood and demeanor.

The brilliance of this exercise is that you get to choose when you do and don’t smile. Just the act of smiling engages muscles in your face tricks the brain into thinking you’re happy which causes it to release happy hormone in the body. While we might think that we smile because we feel happy, we can also feel happy because we smile.

Meditation is meant to be simple and the easier it is to do it, the more fun you can have with it and the more benefits you will get from it.

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