Re: childhood meditation
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> My twelve year old son has expressed interest in learning to
> Does anybody have advice for me concerning this issue?Yo Pickleji,
We have had many kids your son's age among the
4000+ students we have had in the 18 years we have
taught meditation classes at continuing education
programs in the Philly area. Similarly, I now
do some teaching with the group of 40 teen "behavior
problem" girls I work with daily. Some have done very
well in a group setting and we have also had
some that did best in individual or small groups.
Most seemed to benefit from guided meditations and
many from relaxation of body parts-type techniques.
Breathing techniques have brought great focus and
serenity to some, and mantra's have also worked
best for many of them. Almost everyone that I've
shared Dr H. Benson's Relaxation Response with has
found it to be very calming. So, I think it depends
on what your boy finds he's most comfortable with.
As I do with adults, I suggest that he checks out our
web site's Archive section and actually tries any
of the techniques that he feels drawn to. I expect
he will be able to grasp the "how-to" instructions
without difficulty. It is my experience that many
young people have a greater ability to focus better
than adults and thus have an easier time of learning
to meditate. There may be a validity in the formula
that states that the longer the time we have had no
control over our thoughts, feelings, and actions,
the longer it may be before gaining the Self-Control
benefit of meditation. In any event, there is no
better thing you can do for him, or he can do for
himself than learn meditation (and actually do it!).
I wish you well.
Peace and blessings,
Bob Rose, President,
Meditation Society of America