From The Blog: Relaxed & Still; Children in Meditation
In an increasingly stressful world, children are often left with complicated feelings and anxiety. According to the United Way of Greater New Haven, 90% of students have faced adverse childhood experiences. When faced with challenges, studies show that self-control and emotional and mental stability help relieve stress and anxiety. Read more....
Raindrops at Home: How to Teach Your Child Calm Breathing
A Rain of Hope parent shared that her daughter was feeling anxious at an event and said, "I just need to take a few deep breaths." The mom watched her daughter close her eyes, ignore her surroundings, and take slow deep breaths. And...it worked! Her daughter's anxiety disappeared, and they shared a lovely evening!
Try this at home! Have children practice taking long breaths, inhaling through their noses and exhaling through their mouths.
In a soothing voice, count aloud slowly for three seconds as children breathe in – and three seconds as they breathe out.
As children calm, add a second (or two) on each inhale and exhale.
Repeat deep breathing until children’s breathing has slowed, and they exhibit signs of calm.
The next time your child is having a tough time, or even acting out, try taking a deep breath and meditating. Our Executive Director, a parent of two, finds herself able to remain more calm - which is pretty remarkable with a pre-teen taking over the house!
Watch as 26 New Haven Public School first-graders learn deep breathing.
Through United Way's Trauma Coalition, Rain of Hope receives funding to support schools where high numbers of students are impacted by adverse childhood experiences, ranging from violence in the home and/or community to living in poverty stricken areas.
We work with New Haven Public Schools to help classrooms strengthen their community through 15-weeks of lessons that help students strengthen communication, listening, collaboration and mindfulness skills.
Students, as you see, embrace meditation and learn several ways to meditate in any environment.
Quote of the Month:
If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.
– Ajahn Amaro