Mindfulness & The Loving Kindness Meditation for Children

snowMindfulness is simply a way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting.

Mindfulness creates SPACE, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

Kids are curious & inquisitive by nature. They desperately want to learn things, tend to live in the moment, & can be extremely attentive. But like adults, kids are often too busy. They are tired, easily distracted, and restless. Many do too much & have too little time to just “be.”

Mindfulness helps to grow this space, creating new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.

What we say and do, as parents and as people, matters more than we know.  And in moments of stress and busyness, skillful words and actions may be harder to come by than you think.  The good news is that much of what we struggle with at any given time is stuff we can learn to work with.  Mindfulness is the foundation for learning to work with life as it is.

 

In addition to basic teachings and practices, learning mindfulness will help to reduce struggle and increase resilience in your heart, mind and home.

 

*Feel free to practice the Lovingkindness Meditation with the attached version as follows…*

 Loving Kindness Meditation for Children

Close your eyes and relax. Pay attention to your body, notice the feeling of your seat on the chair or floor.

Take this time to give yourself a HUG,

sending LOVE & KINDNESS to yourself

REALLY LOVE yourself.

WANT yourself to be Happy.

IMAGINE hugging your favorite Lovey.

NOW Hug YOU the same way.

 

Think:

I love myself with all my BIG Heart

May I be Free to be ME

May I be Free from pain & sadness

May I be free from hard times

May I be healthy and strong

May I be Filled with Love & Kindness

May I be HAPPY

May I be Really HAPPY

May I be at PEACE.

 

I SHARE all this LOVE & KINDNESS with everyone.

I send LOVE to Mom & Dad.

May Mom & Dad be free from hard times.

May they be free from Pain & Sadness.

May they be Healthy & Strong

May they be Filled with Love & Kindness

May they be completely Happy

May they be at Peace

 

I send love & kindness to my whole family

May they be free from Pain & Sadness.

May they be Healthy & Strong

May they be Filled with Love & Kindness

May they be well & Happy

May they be at Peace

 

I send Love & Kindness to my teachers & Friends, all the kids at school

May they be free from Pain & Sadness.

May they be Healthy & Strong

May they be Filled with Love & Kindness

May they be well & Happy

May they be at Peace

 

I send Love now to all the people

I don’t know, everywhere

May everyone live in happiness, free from pain,

May they be REALLY Happy

May they be at Peace.

 

May all Beings in the universe be free from pain and sadness

Above and below, near and far, high and low

All types of beings. Humans and Animals

Seen and not seen

All the animals and birds and fishes

All beings and creatures, with no exceptions

May they all be Happy

May they be FREE

 

I OPEN my HEART and take in Love & Kindness

Of every being and creature in return.

I Let that LOVE into my HEART

And I share this Loving Kindness with EVERYONE.

 

May all beings be well & Happy

May all beings be well & Happy

May there be PEACE

May there be PEACE

Following the meditation, each child gets a Kiss and an “I LOVE YOU.”

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