Children & Meditation
If we can help children to be meditative we can change the whole world – its energy, its consciousness.
The concept of meditation for children evokes a curious response for many people. While many can conceive of the potential value of meditation, there is often the question – what is the necessity? Children already exist in a state of innocence, are closer to their true nature, are more free in their expression, and are naturally meditative.
What is also true is that children often feel misunderstood, separated, alienated, and burdened by the ideas, beliefs, judgments and impositions of the world. They feel afraid, confused, and in need of guidance from adults who themselves are often struggling to attain inner clarity and peace.
What can meditation do for children?
Teaching children to meditate early on can help them learn to connect to their inner silence and find answers within themselves. With a little guidance and encouragement they can learn to listen to and trust their own inner voice, strengthen their intuition, and increase their self-awareness. As they develop the habit of looking inside through simple and fun meditation methods, children will:
• feel self-empowered
• build self-esteem and self-responsibility
• learn to focus and discipline themselves
• gain access to their inner peace and creativity
• learn to respect themselves and others
• develop their ability to stay present
• become happy, loving, & compassionate adults
Children should be taught to meditate – how to remain calm, serene, silent; how to reach the state of no-mind. Children can learn to accomplish this very, very quickly. Every home should have a scheduled program to help children move into silence. And that will only be possible, when you, as parents, also practice with them. A daily hour of sitting silently should be compulsory in every home. One should even do away with a meal if necessary, but an hour of silence must be observed at all costs. It is wrong to call that house a home where an hour of silence isn’t observed daily.
Engaging, playful, and introspective
Children need to be encouraged, playful, and fully participate in life. At the same time, they also need to lean how to sit silently and look inside. Active Meditations for children incorporate active and passive stages to keep things fresh, interesting, and engaging. The active phases involve body movement, laughter, giberish, and dance. The silent phase involves a quiet introspection. Through activity children release their pentup emotions, fear, and anxiety, and through the silent stage feel relaxed physically and mentally. The Active Medittaions for children are short and fun to practice. They can be done in a classroom setting or at home with parents.
A new type of education
Over half a million babies are born on the planet each year. Every soul comes with their unique blueprint and potential, and no one knows what that potential is. The word ‘education’ means ‘to draw out’ and help the potential hidden in each child to blossom. Unfortunately, no education system in the world is set up to help children find their unique individual gifts and life purpose. Education systems have never focussed on the individual, on the contrary, they have tried to repress anything that would bring out the child‘s individuality. Our education system teaches children to compete, conform, and fit into a socially acceptable norm. it is set up to turn people into utilitarian machines programmed to serve the society and the status quo. This undermines every chaild’s creativity and inner power and prepares them for failure.
Uprooted from their potential and consciousness, children grow up to become insecure, frustrated and unhappy adults who don’t know how to look inside, trust themselves, and find their unique voice. When they become parents, they unconsciously pass on to their children the same beliefs and conditionings that they themselves were programmed with.
To break this perpetual cycle and lay a foundation for a completely new education system, teachers themselves need to start learning how to meditate and heal into consciousness. To accomplish this, all universities that are preparing future teachers must begin to incorporate meditation and self-exploration as a compulsory subject. This change has to simultaneously also begin with training the existing school teachers within the education systems how to meditate and transform their fears and beliefs into self-empowered consciousness.
A Blueprint for a Five Dimensional Education System
To help solve this deelpy rooted generational problem and create a new education system the Indian mystic Osho proposed the creation of a five dimentional education system. Below is the outline of his suggestions:
1. The first is the informative dimension: languages, geography, environmental studies etc.
We can create in the world an atmosphere of brotherhood: language connects people and language disconnects too. There is right now no international language. This is due to our prejudices. English is perfectly capable, because it is known by more people around the world on a wider scale… first, the mother tongue, then one international language…
2. The second dimension: scientific subjects, math, geometry, physics, chemistry, etc.
Here the teachers are only guides. They show how to find the latest books on a subject, how to use the computer. They make the pupils aware of the current knowledge, the latest information. The kids themselves have to do the real inquiry.
3. The third is ‘the art of living’ and sense of humor.
Every child should be helped to transform his anger, hatred, jealousy etc. into love. An important part of the third dimension should also be a sense of humour. Our so-called education makes people sad and serious – and a man who forgets the language of laughter has forgotten much of life… A reverence for life should be the foundation of the third dimension, because life is God and there is no other God than life itself.
4. The fourth dimension is art and creativity: painting, music, craftsmanship, pottery, masonry—anything that is creative.
unless a man learns how to create, he never becomes a part of existence, which is constantly creative. By being creative one becomes divine; creativity is the only prayer.
5. The fifth dimension is the “art of dying.”
In this fifth dimension will be all the meditations, so that you can know that there is no death, so that you can become aware of an internal life inside you.