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MindfulLEIGH’s
Mindfulness for Children

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Dalai Lama

Have you ever noticed how very young children notice flowers, an ant crawling along the sidewalk or hear every airplane? Very young children are more connected to their senses, the details of the word around them and are more in the present moment. As children get older they are rushed around, told what to do, experience pressure at school and are influenced by peers and our culture. They begin to lose touch with being in the now.

Mindfulness teaches children to come back to the presence they once knew. Mindfulness practices teach children how to pay attention to their senses, body, thoughts and emotions. This creates emotional balance allowing children to make choices from their inner wisdom. Mindfulness practices are approached through a lens of kindness and self-compassion which are attributes that can be taught. Through mindfulness children learn to observe their experiences as neither good nor bad, pretty or ugly– things just are.

Mindfulness practices can be particularly helpful with children with anxiety, ADHD and self-regulation difficulties. Many children have challenges with impulse control, managing emotions, getting stuck in thought and staying focused. Mindfulness offers practical tools that children can use anywhere, anytime so they can learn to regulate behavior on their own.

MindfulLEIGH’s Mindfulness for Children

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Dalai Lama

Have you ever noticed how very young children notice flowers, an ant crawling along the sidewalk or hear every airplane? Very young children are more connected to their senses, the details of the word around them and are more in the present moment. As children get older they are rushed around, told what to do, experience pressure at school and are influenced by peers and our culture. They begin to lose touch with being in the now.

Mindfulness teaches children to come back to the presence they once knew. Mindfulness practices teach children how to pay attention to their senses, body, thoughts and emotions. This creates emotional balance allowing children to make choices from their inner wisdom. Mindfulness practices are approached through a lens of kindness and self-compassion which are attributes that can be taught. Through mindfulness children learn to observe their experiences as neither good nor bad, pretty or ugly– things just are.

Mindfulness practices can be particularly helpful with children with anxiety, ADHD and self-regulation difficulties. Many children have challenges with impulse control, managing emotions, getting stuck in thought and staying focused. Mindfulness offers practical tools that children can use anywhere, anytime so they can learn to regulate behavior on their own.