Meditation is more a discipline than a technique: a discipline is simply a way of learning. Meditation teaches how to see life as learning.
For ten years since the Townsville initiative we have been teaching meditation in schools (primary to secondary) – first in Australia and now in 29 other countries.
Children and young people take to meditation with great enthusiasm. They can and like to meditate. Schools, teachers and parents – and children themselves – testify to the fruits and benefits of the practice. Ideally the children are first introduced to meditation at elementary level and given the opportunity to develop a daily practice during their school years. The fruits of a regular practice are self-authenticating and self-evident. Most children say that they then choose to meditate in their own time – in their bedrooms, in the back of the car, in playtime.
The question today is therefore not ‘why should we teach meditation in schools?’ but ‘why on earth don’t we?’ The challenge is not to teach the children but to teach the teachers to teach the children and so realise the innate contemplative gift that children have. In helping children develop meditation as part of their life we are not only helping to transmit faith but we are giving them a life-skill that is essential for coping with the challenges and dysfunctions of the modern world.
- For further information and examples of meditation with children go to the Coming Home website
- Meditatio Coordinator for Meditation With Children: contact Paul Tratneyk
- For an example of introducing meditation at university level, visit the John Main Centre for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University here
- Know more about Meditation with Children and Young here.
- Know more about Meditation and Higher Education here.