MEDITATEWITH YOUR CHILDREN Meditation is very simple and your child will learn very fast. Children learn by example, so please meditate with them. You just have to tell them: Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Breathe calmly and regularly. Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word. We recommend the prayer-phrase MA-RA-NA-THA. Recite it as four syllables of equal length. Listen to it as you say it, gently but continuously. Do not think or imagine anything - spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts and images come, these are distractions at the time of meditation, so keep returning to simply saying the word. Meditate each morning and evening with your child when you wake up and before you go to bed. We recommend that your child starts meditating for 5 minutes adding slowly a minute wheneveryour child seems ready for more silence till you have reached your child's age.