A study suggest that mindfulness promotes significant positive changes in the brain structures that deal with learning and memory processes, self-referential processing, emotion regulation and perspective-taking. In short, all the skills we want children to have for effective teaching and learning to occur (Hole life et al., 2011).
Meditation is a powerful tool in the developing of mindfulness for both children and adults alike.
Today’s #21DaysOfSummerMindfulness Challenge is a lovely active, visual guided Meditation.
Top tip: Children are far more likely to take part in mindful tasks if the parent is taking part. This parent/child time is a powerful bonding opportunity with the added benefit of developing your own mindful practice.
1- Find a nice space for you and your child to do this meditation. It can be indoors. But, if possible, a nice quiet shady outdoor spot will be perfect for this meditation.
2- Stand nice and tall with bare feet.
3- Take a deep breath and turn up the volume on this 10 Minute Guided Tree Meditation and follow along. Tree Meditation : https://youtu.be/mc24izlaLqA
4- When you are finished, sit down on the ground and discuss with your child how the meditation made them feel. Both of you should just relax and bask in the calm feeling of this moment.
Don’t forget to share your child’s #mindfulmoment and successes in the comments, on Twitter @Ed_Tmprince or on Facebook at Education’s Voice – Mindfulness ( https://www.facebook.com/educationsvoice/ ).