In the world of devices, deadlines and distractions, it is easy to lose the connection to our intuition - our inner guidance and voice of wisdom. Our mind gets messy and we lose connection to listen our body, the wisest doctor of all. Most of us use devices hours every day. The children today grow up with them.
When it is easy for us to get out of touch with our minds and bodies, how about today’s children, who grew up knowing nothing but the connected world of technology and devices? Growing amount of research is showing that mindfulness practises such as breathing, guided meditation, chanting and yoga poses can have significant positive effects on children.
Mindfulness exercises for children can…
- improve ability to pay attention
- calm down the nervous system, reducing stress
- guide to make better intuitive decisions
- help with deal with emotions
- reduce anxiety, depression and negative feelings
- positively impact social skills
- improve concentration
- enhance academic performance
- improve sleep quality
- heighten focus
- help with symptoms of ADHD and ADD
- help with autism
- be a real treat for highly sensitive children
While us adults might have a sceptic attitude towards mindfulness, or maybe we’ve defined or labeled it somehow in our minds, children’s attitudes are curious and open. Young children don’t worry about having to be or appear like something (they don’t have an ego yet) and thus they will FEEL the benefits sooner and easier as adults. That’s why the best way is to simply establish a routine of consistent mindfulness exercises.