Meditation is a powerful experience for people of all ages. Whether you’re 6 or 60, you can benefit from taking a few moments to relax quietly and focus on your breath.
In this post, I want to share a simple and fun guided meditation for kids, published by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.
This meditation is best used in the evening, a few minutes before going to bed, as it will help your children to enter into a state of deep relaxation. Do not worry about having your kids focus intensely on the breath, but simply instruct them to listen to the words wash over them, and enjoy the peaceful, relaxing music.
If you want to find more relaxing mindfulness music for children, click here.
Guided Bedtime Meditation for Children
How To Teach Your Kids Meditation
Whenever you’re teaching a child to meditate, the most important point for you to consider is that the meditation should be simple and fun.
Your goal is not to get your child to have the ‘perfect’ meditation, or to enter into any deep mystical experience, but rather to introduce him or her to the practice of taking time to relax and draw their attention inwards.
The easiest way to do this is to have them think about their breath, but, unlike adults, they may not be able to focus for very long, and may easily become bored. So, use guided imagery, or detailed questions, to get them to pay attention to and think about their breath in a new way.
That’s why recordings like the ones above can be so effective. The best meditations for children integrate aspects of a story, that help to lull the child along.
Learn more about how to teach your child to meditate.