Should meditation be taught in school? Absolutely yes!
Meditation isn’t just for adults. It’s for children, too. Just because they look like adorable bundles of innocence, it doesn’t mean they’re immune to emotional and mental stress.
From a macro perspective, their issues may be way “smaller” than ours as adults, but it could be relatively as intense. They, too, need relief from anything and everything that’s bugging them.
Besides, anyone at any age can benefit from inner peace, calm, and mental clarity—especially children!
Take a look at this list of reasons why headmasters should seriously consider incorporating meditation into school activities:
Grasping New Concepts and Problem Solving
Can you remember the first time you struggled with a class in school? Your teacher had made the topic sound so easy but all you could do was to stare back with furrowed brows. This can still happen to young people, too.
At school, children are constantly exposed to new concepts and experiences. And though it may be an exciting part of childhood, it may not be easy all the time.
Meditation, especially a guided technique, can train a child’s mind to be more vivid and imaginative. Visual imagery, in return, will deepen its understanding and expand its interpretation, helping the child to process new information easily and quickly. It also directs their focus to solutions instead of problems. Moreover, it teaches them to be more receptive and intuitive.
Did you know that children can be control-freaks, too? Wanting control is a typical desire or behaviour among adults, but children could have it as well. And once they feel their sense of control wane and feel that “everything” is going south, they can silently suffer crushing blows to their self-esteem.
Meditation can prevent that. It will allow children to deal with difficult situations and understand one of life’s biggest lessons at an early age: It’s impossible to control everything.
We all know that schools aren’t just for academic education—right? Once we start sending our children to school, we also expose them to other children and people. And that exposure comes with socialisation. As they grow older, they’ll gradually realise that they all have roles to play, roles that seldom come without pressure.
Just like with adults, meditation helps children see circumstances and “pressures” from a positive perspective. Instead of succumbing, they are able to deal with undesirable influences and sticky situations with good judgement. And when they do commit a mistake, they’re able to turn it around and learn from it.