In the UK yesterday there was a mental health awareness day to help us understand and talk about mental health.
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 →
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 childrencompletely 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?) Orwe can help them build their resilience and cope with the ‘bad things and people’ in this world. Continue reading →
Book Review – ‘the Whole-Brain Child – Dr Dan Siegel’
Enjoy my review of this fabulous book about child development; how to help them process difficult feelings and thoughts. Learn why I think it offers some practical tips on how to cope with difficult behaviours.Continue reading →
They are one of the most effective ways to teach children mindfulness skills while they meditate.
The idea behind mandalas in Buddhist practices is to create the mandala out of coloured sand while paying attention to thoughts, body, breath and emotions. Then when complete, the mandalas are released to symbolise impermanence and non-attachment.
However we can use paper mandalas just as effectively with young people.
If you find it difficult to get your kids to sit still and meditate in the way you think they should, then you need to change the way you think about meditation. Mandalas can help you do this.
I just watched a fascinating programme on TV about how our brains develop as children and the potential link with autism. Many of the issues they mention, such as sensory overload issues, are exactly what I have been talking and writing about for years and I am delighted that this subject is being recognised, discussed and researched.
It will be fascinating to hear how about the results of the research and perhaps how this can influence the diagnosis and teaching of children with autism and how we support them in the world.
I have always been interested in autism – fascinated really on their perspective and experience of the world and how it may differ to mine.
However as I research a little deeper into this subject I find that there is a myriad of answers to the question – how do you know if a child has autism?
When I first started to look into autism and whether we could teach children with autism meditation, I was amazed to notice the associated behaviours and traits of autism were being displayed by people around me (who weren’t diagnosed as autistic). My husband worked in an office with many guys who were computer ‘geeks’ and I could identify many traits in them that might be seen as autistic (including my husband). Continue reading →