Meditation gives even very young children, power over their thinking and emotions using enhanced self-understanding and self-acceptance. It is a gentle and effective means of overcoming a wide variety of psychological and behavioural problems, such as anxiety, hyperactivity and aggression.
Meditation can provide the following benefits to any child:
- Ability to manage distractions
- Improved concentration
- Improved listening skills
- Ability to deal with stress
- Improved awareness
- Improved creativity
- Reduced anger/impulsiveness
- Improved interaction
- Improved sleep
- Improved achievement
Such a broad spectrum of benefits highlight the significant potential of mindfulness meditation as a cost effective form of school based mental health promotion.
We have completed a number of voluntary pilot projects for children and young people in schools located in areas of deprivation, as well as Pupil Referral Unit’s to establish the need, with very positive outcomes. A significant proportion reported that the experience of meditation at school had prompted them to meditate outside school, particularly at times of stress.
We are currently seeking funds to provide larger extended projects in other schools and complete an independent research evaluation study of the outcomes.