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Baby Buddhas: A Guide for Teaching Meditation to Children

by Lisa Desmond

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Really, really wanted to love this. Too much in the way of crafts to appropriate sacred objects, particularly AI/AN objects. It distracted me from its central, and positive, message. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
#51, 2006

This is a book about teaching children to meditate, and I think the author has some great ideas. I got it for two reasons: first, for meditations to teach to my seven-year-old son; and second, for techniques I might be able to use with his classroom, as part of the yoga classes I was teaching last semester. I have seen the calming effect that meditation can have on the children when they’re really able to tap into that place of calm in themselves, and I’m interested in doing more of that with all the children in my life, especially my son.

The author starts with a basic format (breathing in love, and breathing out madness, sadness and badness) which she then adapts for several different meditations – there are meditations for sending love to others, for receiving blessings for oneself, for offering gratitude, even for world peace. She gives instructions for both sitting and walking meditations. I like her basic ideas, but I haven’t yet sat down and tried them with my son. I think he’ll enjoy the format and simplicity of the meditations. I’m not sure I love all of the wording she uses, but it will be easy enough to adapt it so I say things that resonate more with me (and, in the case of offering this to a class at school, will be more appropriate for a group where I don’t want to be teaching anything that could be interpreted as “religious.” I don’t think that her suggestions are overtly religious, but there are a few words here and there that I think I’d prefer to change). Overall, a good book, one I think will prove useful.

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Testimonials from parents describe the positive changes in their children since the start of meditation practice. Their children:* became calmer, kinder, and more thoughtful of themselves and the world around them,* developed a stronger sense of self, and* learned to comfort themselves when feeling anxious.Baby Buddhas: A Guide for Teaching Meditation to Children is the first book to show parents and educators how to teach meditation to preschool-age children. Through irresistible photos and easy-to-follow text, Lisa Desmond clearly explains her copyrighted method of teaching meditation to children 18 months to three years old. Baby Buddhas also highlights the benefits of meditation for parents and children and shows how to incorporate meditation into family life.Part One, Creating Your Space, explains how to create a simple meditation space in the home or school and explains the importance of sound, posture, and breathing. In Part Two, Adult Meditations, adults learn three meditations to give them an opportunity to learn and meditate on their own before teaching children. Part Three, Children's Meditations, includes 10 meditations suitable for children, organized from simplest to most complex. The children's meditations include the Sunshine Meditation, in which the child learns to breathe in a sunshine ball of light full of love, and the Om Meditation, which helps children calm themselves and feel love, even when their parents are away. All the children's meditations use repetition and simple words and images that children can easily understand.Parents who have used Lisa's techniques marvel at how their children have become calmer and more focused since they started meditating. With Baby Buddhas, parents and educators can give the children in their care a gift that will last a lifetime.… (more)

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