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Teaching mindfulness to children

Tips on how to help children be more mindful

Meditation and relaxation is something that every school should adopt as it is extremely economical and does not require expensive props.  At the most, teachers just need a CD, a bell/rain stick and the children’s attentive minds and willing bodies.

Meditation can be practised by children of all ages and all faiths as it is non religious.  You only need a short amount of time to run meditation sessions in your school.  Short sessions that are done regularly will create better results than one off longer sessions.  It is important to keep it fun and fresh so the children enjoy it.

The wonderful thing about mindfulness and meditation is that there is no right or wrong way and each child will find their own unique way of being quiet and focussing their mind and finding stillness within which will help them with the busyness of their life.

If you are interested in bringing in mindfulness and meditation into your classroom, it is good idea to start having your own practice.  This makes it easier to support your pupils on their silent journey.

Create an environment that allows pupils to focus.  If you do not have a quiet room, ask children to move things away from their desks to reduce distractions or sit on the carpet.

Try to stick to the same time each day to practice so pupils get used to it.  You may like to try starting the day off with a few minutes mindfulness or after lunch or break times to refocus their minds.

Use a bell or music or rainstick to remind pupils that it is time to be quiet.  Pupils like to be involved and can always take it in turns to ring the bell or start the music.

Use the bell to end the short meditation or relaxation session.

If there is time, allow children to share their experience.  You don’t have to do this every time.