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6 steps to creating a meditation script for kids or teens

Excerpt from Calm Kids

This is an excerpt from my book Calm Kids where I teach you the 6 important steps to creating your very own meditations.

It is a key part of the level 1 course that I teach online/in class.

It can be used to help develop guided meditations or mindful practices.

 

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Child Genius – academically bright but emotionally inept?

Emotional vs Academic Intelligence

The other week we caught the end of the TV show ‘Child Genius’ – teach_children_meditation_boy_wearing_glasseswhere children with (usually) a high score on Mensa take part in a quiz to become the Child Genius for that year.
These kids demonstrate an amazing array of skills – from their ability to remember facts to computing arithmetic sums at lightening speed. It was impressive.

What was not so impressive was watching the stress these children experienced. The emotions they were feeling were bubbling under the surface (some cried) and yet the parents seemed to focus on scores and winning.  Continue reading

Mandala meditations for kids

I love mandalas.

teaching children meditation with mandalas

www.mandalaproject.org

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.

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Tips to avoid Christmas Chaos – mindfulness for you and the kids

 

Please note we are now closed for the festive season till 5th January 2016, however you can still purchase CDs/books (we’ll post them out on our return) or book courses online (your payment confirms your place as space is limited). Or drop us an email for our return!

Changing Education with Mindfulness and Meditation

I had an extraordinary trip to the States recently.

It seemed to tie in with how I feel (strongly) about teaching kids and young people meditation.

I am a passionate advocate for meditation becoming a natural part of the school day. It should be introduced into the school curriculum in the same way that we include the sciences and the arts.

When it (eventually) is introduced (hopefully in my lifetime) it will help both the stressed-out teaching staff and the overwhelmed students. Continue reading

what is a connected kid? teaching meditation and mindfulness

There’s a whole story behind the name ‘connected kids’.

Originally we had called our programme after the first book ‘Calm Kids – help children relax with mindful activities‘.    However the name didn’t sit comfortably with me.  I felt a bit ‘icky’ with the idea of adults trying to ‘calm kids’ down.   Meditation isn’t about this.  It is so much more.

Yes, ultimately we want kids to feel centered, grounded, ‘calm’ and peaceful.  But many adults (especially parents) can’t meditation_kidsimagine their kids being calm… when they are so… full of life!

Plus, some adults approach the whole idea of teaching meditation as ‘being in control’ and have a fixed idea of what kids (and teens) meditation should look like.  Not so. Continue reading

Colour Meditation for Kids and Teens – helpful tips

I was recently asked about using the colour meditation script in my Calm Kids book and the significance of the colour that children choose.

This video blog should help you understand and give you some useful tips for teaching kids using a colour meditation.


My 2nd book Connected Kids – help kids with special needs shine through mindful activities is now available in paperback .

Introductory Talk on how to teach kids meditation – Scotland

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be offering a practical talk on how to
teach kids and teens mindfulness and meditation on the following dates:

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Innerleithen, Scotland

The talk starts at 7.30pm and last 90 minutes.

The session will be with, Lorraine Murray, author of ‘Calm Kids’ and founder of the Connected Kids programme.

There are limited places so pre-booking is required.  However you can bring a friend for free!

The talk costs £10 per person and there will be the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of her book on the evening.

If you choose to take any of the Connected Kids training, your payment can be offset against course costs.

The talk is to help any adult interested in teaching meditation to:book-now-blue

  • understand the benefits of teaching meditation
  • hints and tips on how to teach kids/teens
  • working with special needs and autism
  • ‘ask the expert’ through the Q & A session
  • experience a taste of mindful meditation

The talk is for adults only, though teens can attend.

Useful resources for teaching kids meditation

So as you can imagine, I live and breathe anything to do with teaching kids meditation, children’s mental health and (teen’s) wellbeing. As a result, I collect a lot of information on this.

If you are on our Facebook page, Twitter or Calm Kids group on FB, then you’ll know that we have become a ‘library’ (so to speak) of useful articles and information, tips and ideas on these subjects).

So I felt it was high time to put many of them in one easy to find place.

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Helping Kids and Teens connect to emotions through mindfulness

unhappy_girl (1)One of the issues that we face as children (and all the way through life) is recognising what we feel, when we feel it.

I have been practising meditation for years, yet just the other day I felt really flat and couldn’t name my feeling.

It was so frustrating and disorientating. I went for a walk and noticed where I could feel it (in my core) and eventually realised it was the energy of resentment (a form of anger). My logical brain wanted to work out what it was and why it was there, but my mindfulness experience taught me just to sit with it and let it come up to the surface. Fighting and resisting it was only going to fuel the flames.
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