Research supports that mindful meditation calms the brain, inspires creativity and enhances cognitive and social-emotional skills. The reflections in Pants of Peace incorporate simple relaxation exercises and visualizations designed to improve children's self-esteem and confidence and reduce stress and anxiety. Practiced regularly, these exercises can have a profound effect on children's mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
At school, we believe education should touch the whole child. This includes the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cognitive aspects of the child's life. We teach children quietness as a skill to reflect and recharge their inner lives. Lorraine Murray helped us on this journey.' -- Sheila Laing, Head Teacher. Stress and behavioural disorders are common in children, who are increasingly bombarded by marketing campaigns, faced with school and peer pressure, and able to sense the stress of adults around them. Mindfulness and meditation can help children recognise and cope with these pressures, releasing bad feelings gently and giving them simple tools to deal with tension and stress throughout their lives. In this practical and inspiring book, Lorraine Murray shows parents, teachers and youth workers how to lead fun and peaceful meditation sessions with children. Lorraine explains a variety of different approaches, from meditations around daily activities for busy families, to ideas for group 'quietness' sessions in schools. She provides fun, tactile rhymes for toddlers to help them calm down before bedtime, and suggests ways to help teenagers reduce anxiety. She goes on to explain how these methods can help children with ADHD and those on the autistic spectrum, giving a range of case studies. This book is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience of relaxation and meditation techniques. It offers all the advice needed to lead sessions with children, whilst encouraging the reader to adapt and develop their own ways of helping children to feel calmer, happier and more peaceful.
Teach your kids about yoga and mindfulness with this mindful yoga activity book with more than 50 poses and activities. Yoga is a great way to teach children about relaxation, meditation, and peace - while having fun at the same time. This book includes yoga activities for kids and mindful games - they can stretch into tree pose, bend into butterfly pose, learn how to make a mindfulness jar, and find out why and how we should stretch through a series of fun yoga poses and sequences. Written by Children's Yoga Expert Susannah Hoffman, with a foreword by Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, Yoga for Kids guides children through each pose, to make sure they achieve maximum fun and mindfulness in their yoga practice. Parents are given notes on each pose, to let them know what benefits it brings and how to stay safe. Yoga for Kids shows that supporting a child's positive mental health doesn't need to be expensive, time-consuming, or difficult. Poses and activities help children to de-stress, focus, and get moving while having fun.
Childhood is full of overwhelming emotional challenges--navigating school, making friends, getting along with parents, and learning to love who you are. This book empowers youngsters to utilize the practices of mindfulness and meditation to meet those challenges head-on in a way that is healthy, balanced, and compassionate. This book introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With step-by-step instructions to over thirty breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, readers will have an entire toolkit at their disposal and writing prompts will help them process their discoveries. What is covered in this book- Meditation and Relaxation Techniques For Kids Relaxation by Deep Breathing for the Child Relaxation for Your Kids through Visualization Imagination Building for Concentration in Kids Concentration Confidence and Mental Health for Kids Healthy Mindset Concentration at School Studying and Achieving Better Grades At School Success Affirmations Through a combination of meditations and simple experiential activities, it guides Kids through the process of noticing and naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them, while helping them build on their capacity to engage mindfully, self-regulate, and develop a better sense of well-being. Having your kids go through deep breathing and relaxation can reduce anxiety, stress, mental health and mindfulness in learning ... this is also needed during the procedures ... or any other time in the life of the kid. Grab a copy of this book and help your kid can learn the art of relaxation and improve their mental health and mindfulness.
Author: Jonathan C. Smith, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Release Date: 2005-03-04
Genre: Health & Fitness
Based on a newly revised theory of relaxation, ABC2 Relaxation Theory, devised by the author, this book explains why hundreds of techniques used by professionals typically sort into six groups. The integration of these groups forms the core of the book. Smith's findings also reveal that not only can relaxation go beyond stress management, but that different families of relaxation have different effects. Rich with practical suggestions and concrete illustrations of application, this comprehensive training guide details the following techniques: Yoga Stretching Progressive Muscle Relaxation Breathing Exercise Autogenic Suggestion Imagery/Relaxing Self-Talk Meditation (including Mindfulness) Special applications include: relaxation with children relaxation and pain management relaxation, spirituality, and religion
Author: Susan Kaiser Greenland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-05-04
Genre: Family & Relationships
The techniques of mindful awareness have helped millions of adults reduce stress in their lives. Now, children—who are under more pressure than ever before—can learn to protect themselves with these well-established methods adapted for their ages. Based on a program affiliated with UCLA, The Mindful Child is a groundbreaking book, the first to show parents how to teach these transformative practices to their children. Mindful awareness works by enabling you to pay closer attention to what is happening within you—your thoughts, feelings, and emotions—so you can better understand what is happening to you. The Mindful Child extends the vast benefits of mindfulness training to children from four to eighteen years old with age-appropriate exercises, songs, games, and fables that Susan Kaiser Greenland has developed over more than a decade of teaching mindful awareness to kids. These fun and friendly techniques build kids’ inner and outer awareness and attention, which positively affects their academic performance as well as their social and emotional skills, such as making friends, being compassionate and kind to others, and playing sports, while also providing tools to manage stress and to overcome specific challenges like insomnia, overeating, ADHD, hyper-perfectionism, anxiety, and chronic pain. When children take a few moments before responding to stressful situations, they allow their own healthy inner compasses to click in and guide them to become more thoughtful, resilient, and empathetic. The step-by-step process of mental training presented in The Mindful Child provides tools from which all children—and all families—will benefit.
Author: Christopher Willard
Publisher: Parallax Press
Release Date: 2010-08-31
Genre: Family & Relationships
The interest in teaching meditation to children is growing rapidly, as a number of recent stories in the mainstream media have documented. Child's Mind aims to teach parents and child professionals how to integrate mindfulness into their work with children and teach both young children and adolescents the basics of mindfulness and meditation. The book is a great resource for anyone who work with young people, including family coordinators at retreat centers, religious instructors in a range of traditions, teachers, therapists, and medical professionals. Child's Mind aims to teach children the power that comes with the comfort of just being, as well as the capacity to be, be aware, and be comfortable with oneself.
Author: Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: 2018-04-03
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sometimes kids' lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With over 30 breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, including step-by-step instructions, readers will have an entire toolkit at their disposal, and writing prompts will help them process their discoveries.
Innovative Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a unique composite of the literature on various innovative interventions for children and adolescents, and provides a developmental and neurobiological rationale for utilizing innovative interventions with this population. Based on the latest research, this book emphasizes that children and adolescents need more than just talk therapy. These innovative interventions can be applied in a variety of practice settings including schools, juvenile justice, community-based counseling centers, and residential treatment. This book bridges the gap between theory and practice, and provides a historical, theoretical, and research-based rationale, as well as a helpful case study, for each type of intervention being discussed.
Author: David Fontana
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
Release Date: 2012-01-03
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Meditation is one of the best tools we can offer children to help them cope with the intensity of their feelings and ease the pressures in their lives - among family, with friends and at school. It gives even very young children power over their thinking and emotions through enhanced self-understanding and is perhaps even more valuable in helping adolescents to navigate the emotional peaks and valleys of the transition from childhood to adulthood. This book explains the varying techniques for working with children in different age groups (from five to eighteen) and shows how the benefits of meditation can help in a range of ways: from relieving shyness, anxiety and tension to reducing hyperactivity, aggression and impatience. Meditation has also proved helpful when treating asthma, insomnia and depression, and in improving concentration, establishing emotional balance and enhancing imagination and creativity.
Author: Patricia May
Publisher: Balboa Press
Release Date: 2015-10-12
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Secret Garden A Seashell Meditation for Children offers a meditation in the form of a short story rhyme using a seashell as an interactive tool for focus and fun. Children will be guided through a creative journey as the story takes them to exciting places to use their imaginations and explore. For added pleasure, scan the QR code with any smart device for background sounds while reading the story. A seashell cut out is also provided for you on the front pages of the book. Patricia was inspired to create A Seashell Meditation for Children collection after attending a davidji seminar in Denver Co. Davidji, internationally renowned author, speaker, meditation teacher and Hay House radio host, has expressed his excitement for the collection and has provided a testimonial. “Patricia’s Seashell Meditations for Children are powerful tools for awakening self awareness, happiness, imagination, and joy in kids. Highly interactive, each book in the collection transports the reader to a place of stress-free relaxing creativity.” davidji This ten book collection will include the following titles: The Stream Playmates The Enchanted Forest The Secret Garden Moon Walk The Beanstalk Birds of a Feather Day at the Zoo The Seaside Pathways
Zafu's Quest introduces children to meditation in a fun and simple way. On his quest for the Golden Flower, Zafu has an important but difficult choice ahead. On his ninth birthday he is given the opportunity to transform into a different jungle animal or remain a monkey and return home. Zafu's Quest includes easy to follow meditation instructions for the whole family to enjoy. It is the perfect book to introduce children to the beauty of meditation.
Author: Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Mindful Monkeys: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace
Release Date: 2017-09
This boxed card deck includes 50 creative mindfulness games, visualizations and exercises divided into 5 categories to help children feel grounded, find calm, improve focus, practice loving-kindness and relax. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both sides of the cards break down each practice into easy-to-follow steps. Tips on individual cards plus an 8-page instructional booklet show modifications that make these activities inclusive for children of all abilities.