Meditations and mindful tips for you and the family – COVID-19

Welcome and hope you find this blog useful in this strange and challenging time.

I don’t know about you, but life feels like we’ve been put on a roller coaster (without our permission) and we are on for a ride of ups and downs.

I’ve been practising meditation for over 30 years and even I feel tested to my limit by world events.  However I have strong resillience, mentally and emotionally, because of my meditation practice.  But I realise that many people (and children) are reeling from everything and don’t have lifeskills to help them through.

So our team of Connected Kids Tutors, Trainers and Students have decided to offer some meditation practices and mindful tips on this blogpost – to be used by you, your family or both.

These are free for you to use and share.  

We know how much having this skill helps us (it’s why we teach people worldwide!) and we just want to share and help everyone have a little bit more peace of mind (and resillience) through this challenging journey.

We hope it helps and please let us know via our Facebook group, or Twitter or Facebook page (or ask us a question).  We’ll be adding more on as they come through so remember to visit this page or join our social media to be kept informed.

Namaste

 

 

 

Lorraine E Murray – Founder and the Connected Kids Team

Listen to the meditation recordings (more to come).  Watch the recordings and decide (or let your family choose) what feels best for you and your kids.

(Please note the quality of sound will vary as each person used whatever device they had to record from home!)

 

Tree of Protection Meditation for kids – by Connected Kids founder Lorraine Murray

 

Golden Spacesuit meditation for kids on the Autism spectrum – by Connected Kids founder Lorraine Murray

 

Mindful tip to engage kids in meditation – Lorraine Murray

 

Pranyama Breathing for Anxiety – by Judy Lam

 

Mindful rainbows, drawing/colouring tips by – Jackie McBeath

 

Mindful Colouring tips – by Lorraine Forsyth

 

Mindful Tips for parents – by Pippa Elwood

 

Coping mindfully with anxiety – by Tara Russo

 

Straw breath-painting – breath work (create a rainbow) – by Sue Hurst

 

Mindful Breath ideas for young kids (under 10) to reduce anxietyby Lorraine Murray

 

Sound Meditation to help boost immune system – by Gary Posner

A note from Gary... “Before you listen to the Immune Enhancing Tuning Fork Meditation. Close your eyes and start breathing. Feel each breath you take moving through your whole body. Feel your breath waking up in every cell in your body. ”

We would also suggest asking your kids to notice where they feel the sound in their body as they listen and breathe.

Can children with Autism or ADHD learn meditation?

In my experience of teaching meditation (sometimes called mindfulness) autism - mindfulness for kids with SENI’ve noticed over the years how it’s become a popular way to help adults and children reduce the symptoms of stress and support a healthier lifestyle.

From teaching, I already knew how effective meditation was for kids, but I asked myself “could children, with additional support needs, learn meditation?  Can young people with autism or ADHD benefit from mindful activities?”

Well let me assure you – yes they can.  Most important of all, you are more than capable of teaching them this life skill.

Since 2003, I have been guiding adults in how to teach children and teens meditation.  From this experience I have witnessed many of the benefits associated with meditation (improved focus/concentration, self regulation, improved sleep patterns and emotional intelligence) are available to children with special needs.

I developed The Connected Kids programme – that takes adults on the journey of learning how to teach this.

In the foundation level we learn how to develop bespoke meditations and mindful activities that suit the needs of the child.

Some of my top tips from this course (if you are working with a child with special educational needs are):

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Mindfulness to help kids and teens with big emotions

 

A useful (mindful) tool to help kids and teens with difficult emotions

 

Use this link to download your copy of the Wheel of Emotions mentioned in the video.

If you want to become a kids/teens meditation teacher

learn how to teach kids mindfulness professionally - learn more buttonProfessional Training – to become a certified Kids Meditation Teacher

 

Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

tech and social media addiction in kids – can meditation help?

You are probably reading this article on your mobile phone or computer – perhaps a friend kids tech social media gaming addictionshared it through social media or you did a google search for ‘teach children meditation’.

The irony is that we use social media and tech in our lives so much that we don’t notice how much it may be affecting our well being.  This is true for our kids and teens too.

Is tech really that bad for kids?

Perhaps you remember the candy cigarettes we use to have as kids?  You know the ones where we pretended (as kids) to smoke even though we knew it was candy.  Interestingly the sales of these are now banned in the UK as society has realised, and has the research to prove, that smoking damages our health.  But back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s this wasn’t the case. People thought of smoking as a slimming device or it was just regarded as a social habit.  Now we know the truth.

I feel the same about phones and laptops for kids.  At some point, as a society, we will realise we have allowed our children to access technology too early;  children with screens attached to car seats or buggies…giving our kids our mobile phone to play with so they’ll be quiet.

It’s interesting that parents who work  (and create) this technology don’t allow their children to have access to this tech.

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Christmas Meditation for kids 2019

Just tried this with my 12 year old foster son and my husband!  Both enjoyed it.

Happy Christmas!

Lorraine x

 

 

If you want to teach your kids meditation….

Take the Foundation course – to teach your kids and teens mindful meditation

learn how to teach kids mindfulness professionally - learn more buttonProfessional Training – to become a certified Kids Meditation Teacher

 

Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

Mindful Advent Calendar for Kids (and teens)

We felt inspired (as we love Christmas) to create a mindful advent calendar

Use it at home or in class to help kids practise some simple mindful activities and meditations in the lead up to the the festive holidays.

Simply print off this free mindful advent calendar for kids and cut out each day’s meditation that you can hang from your tree or a branch.

They can simply colour in the pictures (mindfully) and/or do the mindful activity for each day – join in!

You can expand each of the mindful meditations or create your own (there’s so many more to create… a gingerman meditation, snowflake meditations, candy cane… to name a few!)

If you need further inspiration you can learn more through our courses or books – how to teach kids (and teens) mindfulness and meditation.

Download here – Mindful Advent Calendar for Kids >>>

Getting started…

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learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonTake the Foundation course – to teach your kids and teens mindful meditation

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Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

4 Reasons NOT to teach your kids meditation…

 

…slightly ironic (I know!) that I say this, but listen why.  And let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

Lorraine E Murray, Founder of Connected Kids (teaching children meditation)

Getting started…

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learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonTake the Foundation course – to teach your kids and teens mindful meditation

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Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

mindful tips for kids – new school year

Lorraine Murray, founder of Connected Kids, foster mum and author, offers a few easy, free ideas to help kids feel better about going back to school (or starting school).

 

Getting started…

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learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonTake the Foundation course – to teach your kids and teens mindful meditation

learn how to teach kids mindfulness professionally - learn more buttonProfessional Training – to become a certified Kids Meditation Teacher

 

Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

School holidays – 2 ‘mindful’ books for kids/teens

I’ve just finished reading…

…A book called ‘Eva and the Universe‘ by D. M Green.eva and the universe

It’s the 2nd (the previous one is ‘Jim and the Universe‘) and they are a perfect read to help introduce mindful awareness in a fictional way for kids who have big changes/struggles.

Eva is about a girl (I’m guessing 10) who always gets into trouble at school and then has a big life change where her father dies.

Jim is about a 12 year old boy starting high school and how he meets someone who helps him (mindfully) cope with the pressures.

Both books really touch on the importance of gratitude, energy and how children can bring self awareness to their lives more mindfully to achieve their potential and have more self compassion and self esteem.

I simply loved them and know (having read them to kids we have in our care) how they really like them too.

I hope you enjoy them!

(P.S. I’ve just posted ‘5 mindful tips for the summer holidays’ on our FB page and group)

Getting started…

learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonJoin our ‘changing education campaign’ on our mailing list (we’ll send you some useful information…and  no,  we  don’t spam).

learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonTake the Foundation course – to teach your kids and teens mindful meditation

learn how to teach kids mindfulness professionally - learn more buttonProfessional Training – to become a certified Kids Meditation Teacher

 

Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

Meditation CDs for children/teens/autism – created by the meditation cds for kids teens autism and adhd - buy now buttoninternational trainer, expert and founder of Connected Kids programme.

Should meditation be compulsory for the school curriculum?

Today I was browsing social media and read the headline ‘should meditation be compulsory in our schools?’ mum and child meditating

Now as someone who has taught and campaigned for children and young people to learn meditation and mindfulness for the past 17 years, you think my automatic answer would be a resounding ‘YES’!

But actually it isn’t…and I’ll tell you why.

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