BETWEEN 5 AND 8 YEARS
Children aged five to eight find it difficult to focus and connect to their emotions, however, that being said, it seems that, more and more, children are able to connect physical symptoms to anxiety from age seven
Learning how to meditate will favor simple visualizations and stories. Do not hesitate to use their own imagined worlds to build interesting meditations for them or them. Before bed time may be ideal to get started. Keep the sessions short but purposeful at this tender age.
BETWEEN 9 AND 12 YEARS
Children between the ages of nine and twelve enjoy imitating. Aim towards a meditation that is physically orientated. At this age it is monkey see, monkey do and learn better with action that verbal. Children also begin to appreciate responsibilities. Get them involved in the preparation of the sessions in the meditation room. Show them how to go about hosting a session.
BETWEEN 13 AND 15 YEARS
Abstract reasoning skills become more profound. They can relate to their emotions without much hassle. Awareness of their environment also increases, along with interest in social media and popularity. Because the concepts of love, creativity and becoming at peace catch their attention. At this point, it is easier to indicate the many uses of meditation and not only the use of it for relaxation purposes
BETWEEN 15 AND 18 YEARS OLD.
Teenages must have increasingly important responsibilities. Their challenges become those that arise after high school. Love, friends, family, studies and careers result in questions. Their need to understand themselves and what their future holds becomes important. A sense of maturity starts to develop and childish things are slowly left behind.
The best service that you, an instructor can do for them, is to teach good values and morals that assist them with wanting to grow and progress and be kind, caring and considerate to all those around them
These great teenagers may not be aware yet of what you have awakened in them until much later, but ones realizations are their own. All will unfold as it should. Slowly but surely, the will begin to understand the meaning and uses of meditation. They will want to share their knowledge with younger peers and act as a sort of mentor.
Even if they are mature, it is important to remember that older teenagers are still vulnerable. They still have difficulties to solve, like all of us. All phases of like are necessary to work through and understand. Not to rush through, but to grow through.
All phases and ages of life bring their own set of challenges and changes. Joy and success. Love and peace. Knowledge and power