Meditation has significant mental and physical health benefits for both adults and kids. Lots of schools are doing short meditations and find that the children are more relaxed, more focused, have greater concentration and are better able to cope through the day.
Harvard research has shown that meditation can increase levels of serotonin in the brain, as well as growth hormone which repairs cells and tissue. It has also been shown to lower the heart rate, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation to the body’s tissues, create emotional balance, lower the body’s inflammatory response and induce a state of calmness.
My kids, who are 10 and 5 years old, love this rainbow meditation, which is an adaptation of the more well known chakra meditation I have learnt during my practice.
They often ask for this one before they go to sleep at night and by the time it has finished my 5 year old is usually fast asleep! With kids (or adults new to meditation), start small with just a couple of minutes to begin with, slowly building up to 5 or 7 minutes. Remember that its called a meditation “practice” for a reason!