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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mindfulness Meditation and Children: An Interview With Susan Kaiser Greenland


My son Jason was having difficulties with anger and obedience in kindergarten. We began a twice-daily (morning and post-school) ritual: a sun salutation (keyed to breathing) followed by cross-legged breathing, chanting "om" with Jason counting breaths up to ten. If he didn't keep track, and steady his mind, it would drift and he wouldn't be able to remember the number quickly. There was a direct relationship between his ability to be still in the morning, and his success at school. And it has become something we look forward to doing together.



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7 comments:

Ernessa from 32 Candles.com said...

I recently started meditating myself and I already know that it's a practice I'd like to keep in my life. However, it's also a practice that's hard to pursue when you have a child demanding your full attention early in the morning. I wonder what age is good for introducing your child to meditation. Also, how did you go about introducing your son to meditation?

Ernessa from 32 Candles.com said...

I recently started meditating myself and I already know that it's a practice I'd like to keep in my life. However, it's also a practice that's hard to pursue when you have a child demanding your full attention early in the morning. I wonder what age is good for introducing your child to meditation. Also, how did you go about introducing your son to meditation?

Steven Barnes said...

I start him with movement--yoga. Breathing. Then take it to stillness. Following his breathing. I have him count breaths, because if his mind wanders, he won't be able to keep track. I first introduced him to this at the age of five, but he is now six.

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