Gone are the days when meditation was only for the few and the wise. Nowadays, it is not limited to Zen masters, the monks and their students in the east. It is now done by ordinary men, women, and even teens around the globe every day. Surprisingly, when you Google “teens” and “meditation” together, you get a lot of hits and results. Apparently, meditation and teens can blend and meld well together.
Teens on Meditation
Teens of today recognise the value of meditation in their lives. They see the benefits it can offer them as helpful in dealing with their daily pressures as students. Coping with stress, relaxing, changing perspectives and having an open mind amidst problems is just some of the positive feedback that teenaged meditation newbies can name. It is empowering and exciting for them to experience these changes when dealing with teen issues.
Meditation Programs for Teens
Recognising the need to empower teens through meditation, author and psychologist Elisha Goldstein and his wife, Stefanie, made CALM happen. Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness (CALM) is a program that teaches teens to effectively deal with the overwhelming demands and changes that are attached to adolescence. At a time when attention spans are short and fractured by digital devices, both believe that meditation and other fun activities at CALM can help teens with improved resilience and focus.
Meditation Studies and Teens
In recent years, studies have been conducted on teens and meditation. One study done on high school seniors found that students who did Yoga during P.E. classes scored better in a number of psychological tests for mindfulness, mood problems, anxiety, anger expression and resilience. In another study, decreased psychological distress, increased coping ability, as well as lower blood pressure, were seen on subjects who did Transcendental Meditation for three months. Physical and supporting evidence in another study also pinpointed that a 15-minute meditation done twice a day by subjects who had high blood pressure showed lower left-ventricular mass in their hearts at the end of the study. This means that meditation lowered their risk of future cardiovascular diseases. Further studies confirm the positive effects that teens report about meditating.
What is remarkable is that aside from the physical, mental and stress-busting effects of meditation, school officials also report lower violence and higher academic performance among students. This may be attributed to the fact that meditation changes brain activity and helps control moods for better decisions and choices.
So, if you find your teens struggling with growing pains, meditation may be a way for them to cope.