We got a lot of heartfelt responses to our last blog post about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Judging from the words of comfort, it’s clear that the community of Newtown, CT is still in our thoughts and prayers.
Reading through the comments, I noticed that a number of people mentioned a need for our children to have access to mindfulness in the classroom.
As Suzy from Colorado put it, “I want mindfulness to be part of the grade school curriculum. Believing in yourself and encouraging positive self-concept in the early years might decrease the possibility of these horrific tragedies that seem to be plaguing our country and our world.”
And there is, in fact, a spot of hopeful news on that front.
Children are being exposed to mindfulness earlier and more frequently . . . thanks, in large part, to mindfulness experts like Susan Kaiser Greenland.
Susan is the co-founder of Inner Kids, a program designed to teach children valuable mindfulness skills in the classroom.
In the video below, Susan gives us a snapshot of what a mindful child looks like, and tells us why teaching mindfulness to kids can help them be more flexible, resilient, and steady.
She also shares insight on how to tailor meditation for different age groups. Check it out – it’s only four minutes long.
When people first start experiencing the calming effects of mindfulness, it’s not uncommon to hear them say they wish they’d learned the practice sooner.
Just imagine how different life might look if we formed the habit of mindfulness at an early age.
Have you ever integrated mindfulness into your work with a young patient? If so, please share your experience in the comments.
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