Meditation isn’t a thing we need to learn and get right, every practice is different just as every day brings in new feelings and sensations, so can meditation bring in experiences, revealing a deeper understanding ourselves.
I teach the children and young people I work with to use their breath as an anchor, grounding them to the present and keeping their minds focused on what is happening now, checking in with their bodies.
Many young people will immediately say ‘’ I can’t do it’’ I can’t shut my mind off or sit still.
As long as you are able to follow your breath, you can meditate!
Shutting your thoughts off is not part of mediation, we are not our thoughts but our thoughts are always present.
When we meditate. We inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives; we lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus and we’re kinder to ourselves.
Simple meditation practice
Get comfortable and prepare to sit for few minutes.
Simply focus on your own natural inhaling and exhaling
Where do you feel your breath most?
In your belly?
In your nose?
Try to keep your attention on your inhale and exhale.
Follow your breath for two minutes more, taking deeper inhales and exhales.
Try to extend the inhale and exhale as you develop your meditation practice.
Justine learned to teach children meditation at 'Teach Children Meditation'