|The World Community for Christian Meditation
|Christian Meditation with Children
|The World Community for
Meditation with Children
St. Mark's, Myddelton Square
London EC1R 1XX
England, United Kingdom
+44 0207 278 2070
GUIDELINES - MEDITATION WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
What we are doing in teaching the young is sowing seeds.
Size of Group:
- Context dependent, but in our experience small groups are optimal – back to back if possible
with young ones.
The optimum situation to be worked towards:
- Meditator (preferably with experience of teaching young children)
- Other teachers only after in-service training
- Meditating parishioners
- Meditating Sunday School teacher
- Importance stressed of teacher meditating with the children.
- Young people are naturally able to meditate.
- They have a yearning to experience the spiritual/Christ within.
- Build up their self-esteem by affirmation and validation, respecting them and their
- Listen carefully to them
- Be patient with their journey
- Meet the children where they are.
- Be aware of development stages, psychological, social and spiritual.
- Remember the learning is effortless: ‘caught not taught’
The following suggestions should be modelled in any in-service training
- Importance of creating a ‘sacred space’ with icon, candle and nature treasures as focus and
- If possible meet in a dedicated area, which will distinguish it from usual R.E. lesson.
- Sitting in a circle or behind desk, whichever is possible.
- Quiet music playing upon entering.
- Importance of clear ways of starting and finishing the session.
- Singing Bowl as start and finish of silent period.
Use preparation as aid to becoming focussed:
There are various possibilities to be chosen according to age group and context:
Stress that this is a slow process: regular practice is needed, as with sport and music.
- chanting (simple Taize chants) – explain difference from singing.
- awareness of breath: watching the breath, coming in cool at the nostrils and going out warm.
- relaxation exercises (See ‘The Centering Book’)
- walking meditation.
- Use stories with gospel values, which relate to them and are appropriate to their age.
- Be aware of development age in selecting stories to meet them where they are.
Approach to the discipline:
- Explain importance of paying attention.
- Emphasize silence and stillness: ‘in the stillness God can find us’
- Explain link of meditation with their usual way of prayer, talking and asking.
- Stress meditation is ‘listening’ prayer.
- Stress no thoughts, images or daydreams.
- Start with 5 minutes only, then add over time one minute for each year of age.
- Use ‘maranatha’ as mantra right from the beginning.
- Explain the importance of being patient with themselves.
- Be patient with them.
- Short time for questions coming from children
- No other follow-up
International School Coordinator
Revised summary of suggestions from IRG meeting in Thousand Oaks August 2005, incorporating
suggestions coming from the National Coordinators Conference in Florence July 2005
|TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD