Meditation with Children


Children love to meditate. Madeline Simon has described children as “born contemplatives” suggesting that children take to meditation “like ducks to water.” John Main says that meditation opens the human heart and that this is as natural as the opening of a flower.  To teach meditation to children is to give them a gift for life. Typically children meditate for one minute per of age.

      In November 2012 we began to promote the practice of silent meditation with children as recovered by John Main. Our initial efforts focused on introducing the practice to primary schools across Ireland, on a whole-school basis. Five years later, in July 2019, there were over 200 schools participating in the project and over 45,000 children had been introduced to the practice of meditation on a whole-school basis.

      We offer free in-service training to primary schools, without obligation. To find out more about this free offer, please download our information leaflet by clicking on the appropriate image below. If you wish to apply for the free training, please download the application form by clicking on the relevant image below.

                           

      Please note that our email address has changed to meditationandchildren@gmail.com - When we receive an application we will contact the school to arrange a date for a two-hour workshop/in-service session which normally takes place after school during what are known as 'Croke Park hours.' The inservice explains clearly what is involved and how simple and cost-free the process is. It explores the growth of mindfulness and meditation across the world today and outlines the practical benefits that flow from it for adults and children alike.

      In addition, it explores the deep inner fruits of meditation that lead to human flourishing and more compassionate, responsive living. We also play a short video showing the practice in action in a school. And, finally, we facilitate the staff in exploring the feasibility of introducing the practice to their school. As noted, the inservice is offered without obligation, but schools are asked to decide during the inservice whether or not they wish to introduce the practice for a trial period. We provide a 'Starter Pack' for schools that join the project and we offer a range of free resources through this website.

 

For further information or to volunteer to assist with the pilot project, contact Dr Noel Keating who acts as Coordinator for Meditation with Children for Christian Meditation Ireland or Mrs. Maura McKinney who promotes the practice of meditation with children in Northern Ireland. Noel may also be contacted on +353872251183. 

Noel's doctoral research explored the child's experience of meditation. 

He has written a book for teachers and parents to deepen their awareness of the innate spirituality of children and to show how to teach meditation to children.

The book, which is published by Veritas (Dublin) is now available both as a print book and in Kindle format. 

To purchase directly from Veritas, click here.

To purchase from Amazon.com, click here.

To purchase from Amazon.co.uk, click here.

To purchase from Medio Media (WCCM), clcik here.

 

Noel has also produced a CD of songs and reflections in conjunction with Canadian singer, Alana Levandoski. The CD contains 10 songs, each including a short spoken reflection of about 30 seconds. Each song gives voice to one of the deep fruits of meditation as described by the children. The hope is that in addition to the regular practice of whole-school meditation, teachers will play one song each month in class and use the opportunity to speak with the children - and enable the children themselves to speak - about the deep fruits that arise in our lives when we meditate regularly. The final song on the album is called 'There is Goodness Inside.' This is how the children described what they discovered deep within themselves as a result of their meditation. Click here to download and listen to the song. It captures a deep ontological thruth very simply. John Main expressed it a little differently, in theological language, when he said that the spirit of God dwells within every person, loving to all. The children expressed it very simply saying that in meditation they discovered that there is goodness inside. The words of the song capture the simplicity of their experience very subtly. Yet, simple as the words are, they manage to capture the depth and richness of the core fruit of meditation. Although designed for children, the album will be experienced by adults too as deeply meaningful. An excerpt from a second song, 'Be Still and Aware' may be accessed by clicking here.

Copies of the album may be purchased from Veritas bookstore or online at Medio Media as a CD or as a digital download- click here to find out more.

Alternatively it can be had by posting a cheque or postal order for €15 (which includes the cost of postage to you). Please make your payment payable to Christian Meditation Ireland and be sure to include your name and postal address (ideally including your Eircode). Then post to Noel Keating, Christian Meditation Ireland, 4 The Glade, Oak Park Road, Carlow and you will receive your CD very shortly afterwards.