Meditation in Schools
In eastern countries like Tibet, India or Japan, introducing children to meditation and even its philosophical context is nothing exceptional. In fact it has been practiced since centuries.
In the West, it slowly finds its way into schools and educational environments. backed up by scientific studies and proof,
On first encounter the term meditation might evoke certain images and contexts that are unfamiliar, if not strange to us, and that we would not necessarily want our children to be exposed to.
However, meditation itself is just a practice.
It is not related to any religion or belief system. Neither does it communicate any sort of rules of behavior.
The word for the term 'meditation' originally just describes the sitting practice that is central to Buddhist (especially Zen) traditions.
Meanwhile studies have proven that children who practice meditation as a part of their schedule, have a greater capability to concentrate and to deal with their emotions.
It is also a fact that the immune system is being strenghtened by meditation practice.
Introducing meditation practice in schools and educational contexts surely offers a help to rebalance a world prone to ever augmenting demands and complexity and the dynamics of constant effort and achievement.
The introduction to meditation is simple, and with some inquiry, practice and time it offers a wonderful tool, if not a center from where to act.