As any Educational Professional will tell you, this is a difficult time to be educating children. Stress, anxiety, ADD and ADHD are just some of the alarming words that are becoming common place in relation to kids today. Television, video games and surfing the net are the usual ways that children spend time “relaxing.” Unfortunately, these types of relaxation often create more tension in both the body and the mind.
FACT: 14% of Australian children and adolescents aged 4-17 years have mental health problems. (http://www.mindframe-media.info/)
FACT: Around 14 % of Australians are affected by an anxiety disorder each year. (www.sane.org)
FACT: Up to 6% of school age children are diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD
FACT: Meditation is used in many schools to address these and many other problems in the UK and USA!
THE TIME IS RIGHT to make a priority of our children’s WELLBEING. We need to teach our children to be still, to switch off and to RELAX.
Meditation has been used by people for as long as time remembers. To meditate simply means to slow down the mind and find a place of peace inside. We all have places of peace inside us, we just need to remember where they are and how to get there.
So What is MEDITATION?
Meditation comes in many shapes and sizes and it has been around a very, very long time. Most religions have forms of meditation that they use but this does not make meditation solely a religious experience. It is in essence suitable for all. Health professionals recommend meditation for adults who suffer from stress, anxiety and other mental health issues such as depression.
Meditation involves slowing the brainwaves from a “beta” waking state, where the mind is in control and always thinking, into a “theta” state, where the brain is not thinking, yet is still concious and able to observe without judgement. Theta states release beneficial hormones into the body and have been shown to access unused parts of the brain and to build pathways not yet connected within the brain.
There are many ways to meditate, they range from sitting in silence, to chanting, using mantras, affirmations, listening to sound, mindfulness practice, focusing or visualising. There is evience that some meditation techniques taught to adults are not appropriate or accessable to children. Rainbowcrystal Connection also acknowledges that it is not uncommon for adults to have little or no experience with meditation and many teachers will not have the skills to teach meaningful meditation lessons. This is why Rainbowcrystal Connection have created programs using simplified and easy to understand techniques. GUIDED VISUALISATION is a very simple meditation technique to use, especially for teachers and students who deal constantly with narratives and storytelling. We have incorporated into our guided visualisations many techniques and packaged them up into easy to use CD’s and Resource books for schools. See our SHOP for purchase details.