Meditation is a mental exercise that can be practised by people of all ages and offers a personal spiritual experience. This exercise involves focus, awareness, and relaxation. Meditation can be practised individually or in a group.
Meditation practice goes back to ancient history, approximately two thousand years, and many forms originated in the Eastern hemisphere. Some religions that practise different forms of meditation are the main religions Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Adventism, and Hinduism. This type of prayer offers a personal spiritual experience. The main practice is usually done in a still seated comfortable position on a chair with feet laid on the floor or feet across on a cushion, with eyes closed, hands rested or folded on lap. Accordingly, there are different techniques of practice.
Children, in their way, are genuinely capable of meditating. They need some guidance to learn to know how to grow interiorly. This is done by recollection, meditation and communicating with God in different ways.
Benefits of Meditation
- nourishes the instinctive spirituality of the student
- helps the mind to be more reflective
- promotes a positive attitude towards life
- stimulates a good self-image
- restores the brain’s peak performance and thus helps in the process of learning and behaviour
- enhances inter-students relationships
- sustains students in times of change and transition
- maintains the students to disconnect from external tools
- explores prayer in an open, safe and inclusive environment
- improves integration of students of all faiths and none
- learn to be still, listen to themselves, open up, and connect to themselves, others, the world, and God.
One must keep in mind that:
- Meditation is preferably done daily and at the same time.
- It starts gradually from one minute. Realistically, students meditate according to their age; for example, if they are seven-year-olds, their maximum time is 7 minutes.