If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. – Dalai Lama
Children can be molded in any way as they are a fresh ground. Their minds have not yet acquired any definite pattern. Therefore it becomes very important to impart a way of life that builds a strong human foundation and also gives them the necessary skills to face the world with positivity. Such a base can be developed by training their mind. To develop their inner faculties guided meditation is the way. Just like outer faculties can be developed by physical education, good food and lifestyle, similarly the inner faculties can be developed by meditation and other related techniques specially designed for young children. If the child is not equipped with these tools then he or she will feel handicapped while facing life. They will doubt themselves and feel that they are limited or undeserving. Such an underdeveloped consciousness will not blossom properly into a fully developed personality and will be negative towards life and other human beings.
Therefore it becomes very important that they know, how to manifest what they desire and how to coexist with others harmoniously without being violent.
Children have less mental barriers, biases, and pre-determined beliefs that allow them to experience mindfulness. Children can achieve mindfulness and thereby practice meditation more easily than adults can. So it’s safe to say that incorporating meditation into a child’s learning process is easier than we think, and schools across the country have begun adding meditation to their curriculum with positive results.