Introduction 9 1. What is Meditation? 13 2. Understanding Stress 17 3. The Benefits of Meditation for Children 22 4. Creating a Relaxing Environment 29 5. Energy and Meditation 35 6. Starting and Finishing Meditations 42 7. Different Types of Meditation 53 8. Writing and Developing Your Script 68 9. Top Tips for Teaching Meditation 81 10. Working with Different Age Groups 94 11. Meditation with Babies 98 12. Meditation for Toddlers 102 13. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 108 14. Children on the Autistic Spectrum 126 15. Calming Methods for You 140 16. Beyond Meditation - Methods and Tools 143 Resources 148 Acknowledgements 153
Lorraine E. Murray is Managing Director of holistic health company Feel Good Therapies. Since 2003 she has taught meditation and relaxation methods to all ages and levels, and has worked with Maggie's centres for cancer, numerous primary and secondary schools, commercial corporations and individual families. Her passion is to help children strengthen their self-esteem through meditation and mindfulness, and to empower adults to help them.
'Her meditation techniques are simple, sound, and cleverly age appropriate; whether you try them on your Y10 tutor group, or yourself, you could see some rather astonishing results.' -- Teach Secondary 'In an age when children are constantly stimulated and have very little opportunity to practice silence, this book is a welcome contribution.' -- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review 'In this practical and inspiring book, Lorraine Murray shows how to lead fun and peaceful meditation sessions with children. She provides fun, tactile rhymes for toddlers to help them calm down before bedtime, and suggests ways to help teenagers reduce anxiety ... This book is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience of relaxation and meditation techniques.' -- Green Parent 'This book is well balanced, and it gives a clear background rationale for the use of meditation with children ... The book facilitates the reader's understanding of the topic area in an easily accessible way, as well as giving them the skills to be able to use meditation and develop meditations for their children ... It would be good for parents to read, as well as benefiting people working with children. The book is easy to read and mostly jargon-free, making it readily accessible.' -- www.youthinmind.info