The World Community for Christian Meditation
Christian Meditation with Children
The World Community for
Christian Meditation
Meditation with Children
St. Mark's, Myddelton Square
London EC1R 1XX
England, United Kingdom
International Office:
+44 0207 278 2070
    Can we lie down while we meditate?
    Response: When we lie down, our bodies may feel it is time to rest or sleep. That is why we sit up– so
    that we can stay alert and pay attention to saying the mantra.

    Why do I have to keep my eyes closed?
    Response: Keeping our eyes closed helps us to keep from being distracted by things around us.

    Why do we have to be so still?
    Response: When our bodies are still, it helps our minds to be still too, so that we can pay attentionto
    saying the mantra.

    Why do we say “maranatha?”
    Response: The word “maranatha” is from the language that Jesus spoke, and it was considereda
    special word.  It means “Come, Lord.”

    How long do YOU meditate?
    Response: Twenty-five minutes in the morning and in the evening.  Someday you’ll want tomeditate for
    a longer period of time.  But this is just right for now.

    How long are we going to meditate today?
    Response: For a few minutes!  (Or whatever is appropriate with your children)

    How do you decide how long we’re going to meditate?
    Response: Well, since you’re 5 years old, let’s try 1 minute for each year old you are.

    What if someone makes a noise, and I have to see what’s going on?
    Response: There will always be noises of some sort, so you just have to decide that you will keepyour
    eyes closed even if you are curious to see what’s going on.  What’s going on will usually justend up
    being a distraction.

    Can we take off our shoes?
    Response: Sure!

    Why do we take off our shoes?
    Response: It can help us be more comfortable sitting cross-legged on the floor, or if we are sittingin
    chairs, feeling our feet on the floor can help us pay better attention during our meditation time.

    Can I take off my socks too?
    Response: Let’s leave our socks on…it’ll be easier at the end of our time to get ready to go.

    Why did you bring [whatever it is] to the little table today?  (i.e. what does it signify?)
    Response: It is a symbol that reminds us of…(can be related to the story or the season, etc.)

    What should I do if someone (or something) distracts me?
    Response: Keep saying the mantra, really listen to it inside your heart, and try not to give the
    distraction any of your attention.

    What if I can’t help [making noises or moving around] while we’re in the meditation circle?
    Response: Well, see if you can remember that you are a friend to the others in the circle, andfriends
    help each other.  In meditating together, it is important that each person be still and quiet,not just for
    themselves, but for the others too.