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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.

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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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…

learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonJoin our 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

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.

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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Online Talks Jan & Feb 2019

 

 

Helping children sleep with meditation

We’ve just announced our next online talk taking place on Monday 11th February at 8pm (live and recorded).  Lorraine Murray, founder and author of Connected Kids, will give tips and ideas to use meditation to help kids sleep (and get up for school!)

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There are limited places.

 

Mindfulness Kids Peace Summit

mindful kids peace summit wuf shanti

The founder of Wuf Shanti, 14-year old Adam Avin, has rounded up some amazing people who share their practices, techniques and tools in mindfulness for kids.

click to register for mindul kids peace summit wuf shanti

This summit will support ideas for kids ages 11 to 16.

 

 

 


Useful resources…

 

mindfulness to help you parent and educate your kids

Do you need to meditate to teach kids meditation?

We often have people who attend our connected kids courses without trying (or have little experience of) mindfulness and meditation.  We don’t discriminate anyone in this situation who wants to learn how to teach kids meditation.

But teaching kids meditation and learning for your own well being, goes hand in hand.

We have a wonderful mindfulness online course that helps beginners (adults) learn meditation or can enhance your meditation skills if you have some experience.

In the meantime here is a wonderful introduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. and a strong advocate for mindfulness in our society. He talks about the non-judging attitude for mindfulness.

 

Learn meditation – for you and your kids

Mindfulness Course for adults >>>

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).

If you want some creative inspiration you can listen to one of our Meditation CDs for children/teens >>>

 

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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Helping kids be mindful during the holidays

 

Mindfulness and the holidays

The summer holidays can be a long time to spend with your kids.

You love them but your whole routine can change and even though holidays are meant to be enjoyable, they can be a little bit stressful too!

So here are some tips and ideas to help you keep up your meditation practice and help your kids practise mindfulness during the summer break.

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Furtney Miller – “Here is my 5 year old son meditating in the pool. Trying to compose himself during a conflict with his 7 year old sister. We love this photo. He often joins us at 6am to meditate too. Namaste.”) Continue reading