10 Mindfulness Skills for Kids & Teens

By now most individuals are aware of the term mindfulness. Mindfulness for the young people is gaining momentum. Some children have been exposed to violent video games, and some are brought up in toxic environments full of gangs. Nowadays, children do not have enough time for childhood. They do not have enough time to slow down and observe. This makes the kids lack in emotional intelligence, and they are underprepared for learning and development, leave alone adulthood. Mindfulness offers peace and awareness in the frantic and distracted world.

Meditation was rarely taught to the youth. Adults often tell children and teens to pay attention, but they did not show them how to pay attention. Meditation skills can assist kids and teens to concentrate and manage disruptions. They will also have the ability to calm down when they are upset, navigate difficult and strong emotions as well as to manage stress. Here are the ten major meditation skills.

 

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1. Direct your focus

When the mind is more present and aware throughout the ongoing process, the ability of the child to focus will also improve. As the relaxation in the experience deepens, the child will soon find out that little or no effort will be required to get the mind to focus.

 

2. Becoming present

The quality of meditation defines the usefulness of the practice. The quality is governed by the ability of the child to be in the present. It is normal for beginners to drift in and out of concentration until they become masters.

 

3. Expanding your awareness

When a person is present in the practice, awareness is achieved. Awareness sets the foundation for change, and generates the momentum necessary to get into the territories of resolving the issues the child may be encountering.

 

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4. Creating intense concentration

Concentration is the only key by which the child’s focus can stay on point. The degree of the concentration determines the outcome of the whole process.

 

5. Observing

Mindfulness involves noticing, attending or observing bodily sensations and other internal phenomena.

 

6. Describing

The participant has to describe, label or note the observed phenomena by applying the words in a non-judgmental technique.

 

7. Acting with awareness

The child has to be attentive and engage fully in the current activity.

 

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8. Accepting without judgment

One has to allow the reality without avoiding, changing or judging it.

 

9. Sensory clarity

This is the ability to explore and track the sensory experiences in real time. It is the act of being fascinated by the experiences you have at any given time.

 

10. Equanimity

This is the ability to let the sensory experiences to come and leave, without a push and pull. Most children tend to cling to the pleasant sensations and emotions and fight the unpleasant ones.

 

References

Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids & Teens

How to Develop the Four Primary Skills of All Meditation

Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills (KIMS)

3 Skills To Take Your Meditation Practice To The Next Level

 

Further Readings

(MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS) – Using Mindfulness Exercises & Meditation To Reduce Stress, Relief Anxiety, and Restore Well-Being

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