Our kids face with stress everyday – from school, friends, siblings, social media and much more! See what Hui Lee has to say about the benefits of meditation for kids.
What inspired you to start doing meditation?
That would be a very long story. In short, I was going through a tough period in my life some time ago, but as you could already guess, I have been an avid meditator from my younger years, and the meditation practices helped put me back on track and allowed me to get enough peace and rest despite some sleepless nights due to my stress!
Why are you interested to teach meditation to kids?
To be honest, I did not really think too much about this! But looking back, there were two major influences. The first is, of course, I had discovered that there are so much benefits we could gain just by practicing mindfulness! The second one is more personal. I have a nephew whom I really dote on a lot. He’s an ADHD kid – he’s not only super active, but also having difficulty in expressing himself. I could feel his frustration. Looking at him and how stressful the kids are in our modern society, wouldn’t it be good for them to be equipped with a tool that can help them to de-stress and cope better with their emotions? And this tool will stay with them for life!
How do you keep kids engaged during your meditation classes?
Kids can’t sit still for long! That’s what I thought in the beginning, but to my surprise, kids pick up meditation much easier than adults. I was amazed by how easily they could get into the meditative mode. The trick is to keep the session short but fun. During meditation for kids, I usually will guide them via visualization to experience an adventure in their inner world, which I called it as heartland.
What would you like parents to know about meditation to encourage them to get their kids to meditate?
There could be some general perception that meditation is only associated with religion. It is actually just a mindfulness exercise that helps us to be more aware of our thoughts, emotions and environment. I remembered reading an article in a journal on family studies, and it reported on a research done in a school in which during 5 weeks of regular meditation amongst students, it showed the students had improved focus, more self-awareness, reduced stress, and were more relaxed and happy. Wow, what are we waiting for?
Any tips for parents to embark on the meditation journey?
Keep an open-mind. Don’t think. Just relax and enjoy the experiences!
If you are interested to learn more about meditation, feel free to check out the Kids’ Meditation sessions at The Golden Space!