Thursday, 21 May 2015

Will mindfulness lessons help to calm my children?

From The Telegraph
by Alice Smellie

"The celebrated meditation technique helps many adults reduce stress levels. But can it be taught effectively to youngsters?

"...Mindfulness, which is said to have originated among Buddhists more than 2,500 years ago, is a form of meditation. It is currently so globally popular it’s being embraced by celebrities, medics and even the military.

Now, and with the backing of experts, it’s becoming increasingly available for children. My three – Archie, 10; Oscar, nine; and Lara, six – as well as Archie’s friend George, are trying out a class with the help of mindfulness and relaxation teacher Sarah Salmon, who teaches in pre-schools, schools and in one-to-one sessions at home.

“Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation,” says Danny Penman, author of the phenomenally successful book Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World. “Basically, you are paying full conscious attention to whatever is going on around you and what’s going on in your mind.”

This sounds simple, and even a bit vague, but doing meditation has been clinically shown to alleviate stress, anxiety and even depression and chronic pain, as well as improve general quality of life. Converts talk of feeling calmer and happier..." Read it all

Mindfulness in Schools


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