Category Archives: compassion

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)

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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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Star Meditation for kids of all ages – free

I was meditating one day and I was inspired by this star meditation idea to help kids relax, reduce anxiety and feel a stronger, peaceful connection with the world.

It may be ideal for bed time or to help kids simply relax.  It may help with bullying too.

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High energy children – trying to teach them meditation

Expert advice about high energy children and mindful meditation

Listen to the founder of Connected Kids present a few ideas when trying to teach high energy children meditation and mindfulness.

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How does ‘grounding’ reduce kids’ anxiety?

2 Easy ways to help kids ground their energy

What does it mean if we feel ‘ungrounded’?girl practising meditation

This is a question I ask my Connected Kids students when they are learning to teach kids meditation.

It is one of the simplest ways to remedy our energy yet we often don’t notice what ‘being ungrounded’ is (until things really go pear-shaped!)

Being ungrounded means

  • feeling overwhelmed
  • unable to think clearly
  • in the fight/flight/freeze response
  • sensitive to others/environment triggering strong reactions
  • unable to sleep easily
  • poor coordination
  • poor attention on a task
  • never completing anything
  • wanting to eat and graze
  • tension in the body
  • unable to relax and switch off

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helping kids and teens with mental health

Mental Health Day

In the UK yesterday there was a mental health awareness day to help us understand and talk about mental health. mental health day and mindfulness

As someone who teaches meditation and mindfulness, this is a key part of the work I do.  It’s why I set up Connected Kids as I have witnessed, many times, how teaching kids, teens and adults meditation helps improve their mental health.

But mental health isn’t the whole picture.  We have emotional and physical health to consider and these are inextricably linked to our mental health. Continue reading

Meditation idea for toddlers

 

A simple meditation idea to teach 5-year old kids (inspired by my Goddaughter – Libby!)

 

How to teach kids of all ages how to meditate

If you would like to learn how to create your very own meditations for kids/teens try our Connected Kids level 1 course – online or in-class) (This is the gateway to our professional level)

Or find ideas and tips in our book Calm Kids (beginners) or Connected Kids (working with special needs/anxiety).

Meditation CDs for children/teens >>>

Mindful Parenting Tips

How mindfulness helps you ‘see’ your kids and teens

I was inspired to write this after reading a blog from NY psychotherapist, Katherine Schafler, about the 4 unconscious questions a person asks themselves.  The one that connected with me the most was about ‘being seen’.

As a child I grew up in a culture where ‘children should be seen and not heard’.  This attitude may have been exclusive to the Victorian/Scottish parenting style at the time, but as an adult, it has left me with lots of thoughts and feelings to work through and process – sometimes with the help of a therapist or my meditation practice.

I am also a foster carer and one of the key things I’ve learned is that ‘being seen’ is essential in order to have a connection with the children we care for. 

I believe that my mindfulness skills, my personal meditation practice and my ability to introduce a ‘teaching meditation’ to the kids we care for in a way that meets their needs and abilities (and interests) has helped us start to build a an emotional and mental bridge between the world and kids in our care so that they can connect to the world around them in a more kind, loving and caring way.

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The #MeToo campaign and mindfulness

 

Like me you have probably become aware of the #MeToo campaign which highlights the level of sexual harassment that women experience throughout their lives.

As we can see, it has been an underlying epidemic that females have tolerated for thousands of years in all areas of life.

But I’m uncomfortable with the idea of saying #MeToo and adding my voice to social media.

I don’t deny that I’ve had some unsavoury and traumatising experiences growing up that I would rather forget.  My yoga and meditation practice has (and continues) to help me heal from this.

However the #MeToo campaign leaves me hanging.   It feels a little bit like watching a tragedy on the news and feeling helpless to ease the pain of those involved.  I observe friends saying #MeToo on social media and then I start to worry and wonder about them and their experiences.

It also hangs guilt and shame on the wrong shoulders – of the decent boys, teens and men who don’t want to treat women that way.  Perhaps If I were a man, maybe I would lower my gaze and no longer feel confident engaging with females.

But if I sit and reflect on the #MeToo campaign through my meditation practice, I have a sense that …

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5 Ways Mindfulness Creates Resilience in Children

 

At the moment the world is quite a turbulent place.  If we think our children are too innocent or immune to the stories coming out in the media each day – think again.

Every time we listen to the news on the radio, watch it on TV or surf social media and the internet when our kids are around – they absorb what they hear and see.  Even if they don’t understand it.

So we have a choice.  We can either shield children completely from the world around them (but how do we stop this going on in the playground at school, sometimes in the classroom and at sleepovers?) Or we can help them build their resilience and cope with the ‘bad things and people’ in this world. Continue reading