attention, suffered from depression, stress, and were failing academically. <br/> After the students started to practice meditation during the day, their behavior and academic performance improved. <br/> It decreased a bsenteeism, suspensions, and rule infractions. <br/> I t improved academic<br/> achievement, reduced psychological distress, stress, and anxiety. <br/> Teachers and parents were amazed with the student?s change. <br/> This is a great example of how beneficial meditation can be is to our youth. <br/> Wouldn?t it be wonderful, if meditation would be part of the school program in<br/> all schools? 2. <br/> How can I start practicing meditation with my child? 34 T he Spiritist MAGAZINE The sooner your child starts practicing meditation, the better it will be. <br/> But again, children learn by o bservation and example. <br/> So, if you would like your child to meditate, then<br/> you should do it first. <br/> Children need to develop the interest for it. <br/> Instead of saying, I want my child to meditate, or I will teach my child to meditate, first do some short meditation in front of your child. <br/> Say that you are going to relax and meditate for a few minutes, and<br/> explain that mediation calms you down and helps you to feel peaceful. <br/> Usually, when young children see a parent practicing meditation, they like to sit next to their mom or dad, and try to copy what the parent is doing. <br/> N ow, not all children are ready to practice meditation successfully<br/> at first because they have a hard time controlling their bodies and minds. <br/> But with consistency, this can be learned. <br/> Do not give up! What is important is that you are beginning to educate your child on how to be quiet and still, as they also learn some breathing techniques, which are<br/> great tools that he can use to calm down. <br/> An easy way to start is by using music. <br/> Play some relaxation music with nature sounds or calming classical music for 3-4 minutes. <br/> Invite your child to sit up in a comfortable position, but do not lie down. <br/> You don?t want your child to<br/> fall asleep. <br/> Just ask him to close his eyes and listen to the melody, reminding him to breathe. <br/> This is the first step to help children to be still as the melody helps them to focus. <br/> Do this for a week or so. <br/> After your child gets used to doing it, then add some breathing<br/> techniques. <br/> Instead of music, you may say a mantra, which is a word, a phrase or even a sound that can help him to focus, and then increase the time of the meditation. <br/> It should be 1020 minutes depending on the child?s age. <br/> There are several instructional books and online<br/> information on meditation and how to teach your child to meditate. <br/> Or, you can try to find a meditation or yoga center in your area that you and your child may attend. <br/> As you practice meditation with your child, slowly you will find the best meditation style and technique that will fit<br/> the both of you. <br/> 3 . <br/> Besides calming our minds, what are the spiritual aspects of meditation? Our thoughts have waves and vibrations. <br/> Once we calm our minds down and are in a peaceful state, t his energy will expand and be projected to the environment we are, impregnating our<br/> surroundings with positive and peaceful energy. <br/> So, as we meditate, we are not only bringing peace to our minds but also to our homes or the place we are practicing it. <br/> As we engage in a positive vibration level, we are also attracting good spirits that can send us inspiration and some<br/> healing energy. <br/> Meditation is also a great opportunity to mentally connect with our guardian angel. <br/> That?s why we suggest that before we start to meditate, to do a short prayer so we can receive the inspiration from our mentors. <br/> One thing you may teach your child, after he has<br/> developed the skills of being still and having a peaceful mind, is to ask his guardian angel a question about something he needs help or an advice. <br/> In fact, at the end of question 495 of The Spirits? Book, St. <br/> Louis and St Augustine say ?Don?t be afraid of tiring us with your questions.<br/> <br/> On the contrary, always stay in contact with us ? you will be stronger and happier for it. <br/> It is this ability to communicate with your guardian angel that makes you extrasensorial beings and that one day will drive disbelief in us from your world.? So, at an early age, you are teaching<br/> your child how to connect, communicate, and listen to her spiritual guide. <br/> Let us remember the story in the New Testament when Jesus was in the boat with the disciples and he fell asleep. <br/> While sleeping, a great windstorm came up on the lake. <br/> The disciples were afraid, but Jesus<br/> was calmly sleeping. <br/> Then, one of the disciples woke Jesus up telling him that they were going to perish. <br/> Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind and the raging water, saying to the sea ?Peace, be still.? And the storm ceased and there was a great calm. <br/> How many storms do we face in<br/> life? How much conflict we may have in our minds like windstorms; thoughts that are like thunder cutting through the day and night and affecting our state of mind? Just like Jesus did, we need to dedicate time to bring peace to our mind, body, and spirit, and we should e ducate our children about<br/> it. <br/> Meditation helps with that. <br/> Meditation is a life style. <br/> So, let?s practice ?PEACE, BE STILL.?
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