Emotions significantly influence our memory, attention and learning, and this is something that has been demonstrated on numerous occasions. When we feel emotionally blocked, for whatever reason, we find it extremely difficult to learn. On the other hand, when we are passionate about something, we capture everything without any effort.
- 1 Living in a hurry
- 2 Mindfulness for the little ones
- 3 Some of the benefits of mindfulness for children
Living in a hurry
Today we live in a very demanding world that is going at a dizzying pace. Especially in the big cities, it seems that we lack hours to carry out all the tasks that we have marked, and the same happens with the smaller ones, who live immersed in a world of strict schedules and multitude of school and extracurricular tasks, in such a way what they don't have time to focus on them pampering, being in a world of continuous stimuli that prevent them from connecting with their emotions.
We live in a culture that stimulates the disconnection of the body, blocking a healthy mind-body integration. We are teaching them to grow in a world in which, to mitigate difficult emotions, the anxiety and traumas, we encourage you to get away from your feelings using distractors constants such as television, video games, YouTube, etc. In the West we function presupposing that there is a split between mind and body since the seventeenth century, when René Descartes established a duality between mind-body that does not reflect the reality that both are one.
A recent study found that young people prefer to receive ten minutes of low-voltage electric shocks, rather than being alone with their thoughts without electronic devices. Take drugs, self harm and show bad behavior, are other ways to abandon your immediate experience.
Mindfulness for the little ones
Luckily, not only adults can benefit from cultivating an awareness centered on the present moment. The investigation is beginning to shed light on the power of mindfulness as an intervention to improve the understanding and tolerance of emotions that children face daily. We are also beginning to recognize that The practice of mindfulness can be beneficial for children for the same reasons that helps adults, because they contribute to reduce stress, improve sleep quality and increase attention.
At younger and younger ages, children face higher levels of stress, and this carries a significant toll on their health. Stressful events in childhood can increase the risk of developing health problems as adults, but the impact may affect much earlier. A recent study from the University of Florida showed that stressful events can affect the health and well-being of a child almost immediately, and can contribute to the development of physical and mental health problems and learning problems.
We must bear in mind that mindfulness with children does not have to mean twenty minutes sitting silently on a meditation cushion. It can be about playing with a stuffed animal on the floor in a quiet way until we ring a bell and make several conscious breaths before and after the game. The secret lies in teaching them to establish contact with their emotional experience, rather than away from it, thus developing the emotional intelligence.
Some of the benefits of mindfulness for children
There are many benefits for children and adolescents that can benefit from mindfulness training, such as:
- Have a greater awareness and self confidence
- Increased ability to self-regulate your emotions, especially difficult emotions such as fear and anger, through breathing and other self-awareness techniques.
- Build a resilience strong giving children skills to help them cope better with stress, as well as participate more fully with themselves and with the world.
Mindfulness training has also been shown to help reduce the severity of depression, anxiety and ADHD in children.
Research shows that parents and caregivers who practice mindfulness with children contribute to substantially improve their sense of self-worth. That is why the best that parents can do to help their children become more aware learn some simple techniques such as those found in the book "Mindfulness for parents and children." Here we explain more than 75 practical, simple and fun exercises for the little ones in the house that anyone can put into practice in an easy and fun way.