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Will Mindfulness Meditation be the Next Trend for Kids?
By: Cindy Wendland
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Mindfulschools.org advertised on Yahoo next to a story where ABC News anchor Dan Harris was interviewed on Charlie Rose. To bring everyone up to speed, Dan Harris had a public nervous breakdown and stumbled upon meditation on his road to recovery. He is now a public advocate of mindfulness meditation and the benefits it brings and writes about it in his book 10% Happier.

There are so many directions to take from here. An Oprah Winfrey quote was shared on Facebook today that said, “You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” Sometimes, it seems people are so hurried and unfocused that they can’t see what illuminates them. Mindfulness meditation is one way to get there.

Another direction to take from the Dan Harris story is sharing meditation with your kids. Mindfulschools.org offers extensive (300 hours) coursework to train and certify you so that you can teach youth. Why should our youth know how to meditate, you ask? They live in the fastest-pace period of all time. They are bombarded with messages and communication and don’t know how to be still. Students that practice mindfulness meditation have better focus and concentration (don’t we have the highest rate of ADD and AHD kids of all time?), raised self-awareness, decreased stress for students and teachers, improved schoolwide culture and climate, stronger impulse control, and reduced violence. We need to help our future leaders.

Yet another direction to take is in being good to thyself. In the airplane instructions before takeoff, they instruct you (should the situation happen) to secure your oxygen mask before helping your child. We need to calm and de-stress ourselves so that we can be better parents, better role models, better big brothers or sisters, and better people to others. One way to do this is to read Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan. That book changed my life toward meditation since it was a tech geek, a Google engineer, who wrote it. Having a person like that advocate for meditation was an easy way for me to buy in.

The takeaway from this is that mindfulness meditation is hot, important topic right now. Find a way to get you and your company involved.

   

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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