Updated: Apr 17, 2021
Our meditation centers have recently begun hosting a free, guided meditation program exclusively for kids, and I couldn’t be happier! Sessions will run every Sunday from 3pm-3:30pm EST and 12pm-12:30pm PST, for kids ages 8-12.
You can RSVP at https://onlinemeditationevents.com/class/kids-meditation/
~ sign up ahead of time to save your spot! Seats are limited to the first 20 participants.
During this period of change and uncertainty, I think it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re not only taking care of our own mental health, but also caring for the mental health of our children.
I remember pretty vividly what it was like to be a child; the big emotions, the fear, the difficulty expressing myself, and many times feeling like a prisoner to it all. Don’t get me wrong, I also had some pretty outstanding moments as a kid growing up in the lush, beauty of Hawai’i, but even in paradise you can only get so far until your mind catches up with you. I was a very imaginative, joyful, and creative child, but on the other side of the emotional coin was a lot of sadness, worry, and fear.
I had trouble sleeping for much of my childhood, along with pretty crippling social anxiety. Things that other kids seemed to be able to just brush off stuck with me for months and sometimes years. I remember hearing about how one of my brother’s friends killed a chameleon after school one day just for fun, and it made me so angry and sad and scared. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why someone would do such a thing. I knew his friend grew up in a pretty rough home environment and got into a lot of fights at school, but still it was so unsettling and disturbing to me to imagine such a senseless act of violence. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it, and I didn’t even know how to talk to anyone about it.
There were many instances like this throughout my childhood, where I felt pretty disturbed and upset from something I heard, or read, or saw, usually at school, but also just from things that I saw on TV, or witnessed hanging out with my older brothers and their friends. The thing is, sometimes we just don’t know what our children are experiencing, and can overlook the amount of stress and anxiety they are carrying with them because we’re just not sure what questions to ask or how to ask them. I went for much of my life keeping all of this anxiety and sadness locked away in a deep part of myself that I didn’t feel safe sharing with anyone, even my own family. Sometimes we just need a non-biased opinion and a practice to help us let go of this accumulated stress in a safe and fun way.
Cue our new kids meditation program! This is exactly what our guided meditation sessions aim to do. Help kids to relieve the stress and anxiety they are carrying in their minds using a very simple and easy to follow method. Our current guide for this program has 10+ years of experience with this meditation, and with her happy go lucky personality, she is a natural with both kids and adults alike.
The program aims to help kids to navigate the uncertainty of this period by giving them the gift of a peaceful mind. In only 30 minutes, once a week, I think your child will be surprised to find what a difference meditation can make in their lives. I know for myself it was invaluable in letting go of the heavy burdens in my mind, and finding a community that really seemed to value my happiness.
If you as a parent are interested in meditation or know anyone who is, we also have programs especially for essential works, better sleep, and to help the community at large access an inner reservoir of peace and hope, all free for the time being! If you find yourself needing more one on one attention we also offer more tailored membership options at our meditation centers across the country and globe! Don’t wait, peace is calling. Help yourself and your family today.
Written by Nicky Tait, a current guide, active meditator, and animal lover residing in Berkeley California. She started this method of meditation in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. After discovering such a simple and powerful method to unlock her own happiness she decided to become a guide for this meditation to help others to realize their true potential.