This much we know: Taking deep breaths relieves stress in your body; compassion relieves stress in relationships. Understanding that both are psychophysiological phenomena can impact how we parent and how we teach the next generation to function better in the world. Also, we need to realize that not every child is born with the same compassion ‘set-point’, so helping kids build and enhance what they start with is essential for healthy communities in the future.
There are, of course, many ways to introduce kids to Mindfulness meditation. We’ve discovered this deck of 55 innovative mindfulness games for kids, brought to you by Susan Kaiser Greenland (author of Mindful Games and The Mindful Child) and Annaka Harris (author of CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind and the children's book I Wonder).
Here is part 2 from the New York Times excellent series on mindfulness for children... the big takeaway? Mindfulness training can be applied at every age to foster resiliance. Don’t make mindfulness seem like something only to be used in times of trouble — present it across a child's development as a tool to be used in a variety of situations.