By Chitra Suku
Young children naturally enter a state of meditation as they play with their toys, become engrossed in their music, dance, or any other activity that allows them to be fully present. As they get older, though, their focus shifts from the present moment to the past and future as the mental chatter takes over because of conditioning, expectations, and goals that they set for themselves. These factors take them out of the moment, never allowing them to be in a state of meditation again unless they consciously make the effort.
If we can teach a child early on to continue the act of mindfulness in whatever they do, then they will be ahead of the game. Awareness is the first and last step to a true sense of self. When we are aware, we open ourselves to all possibilities that life has to offer. As the universal energy flows through us, we become filled with inspiration and energy. This state allows for happiness and success in whatever field we choose as we will be in touch with our true calling (dharma) and act from a state of wholeness rather than a place of expectation and fear.
The benefits of meditation far exceed the obvious results of focus and concentration. Meditation allows for a glimpse into our true state – a state of bliss. Here, we experience ourselves as creators, not as victims of our circumstances. Once you have experienced meditation, you are never quite the same. Here are a few meditation Techniques for Children: