I would highly recommend it. As you might’ve seen by the video we posted of my 6-year-old daughter Ava who picked it up from watching me, some kids can really get into it. It’s also fair to say that we never actually encouraged her to do it, so she did it entirely on her own.
There’s a lot of information out there about meditating with specific techniques - how it’s done and that needs to be done properly. What I would say the two most beneficial techniques for anyone who would start to meditate are:
- Just sit quietly and watch your breathing, this is one of the simplest and easiest things to do.
- Sit quietly and watch thoughts as they pop up in your mind and don’t give them any other consideration other than that it is a thought and it is not you.
The Benefits of Meditation are many, many fold. That’s what the research says.
There have large numbers of studies on Meditation and its physical and mental benefits.
The National Institutes of Health link For Meditation is below, you will be able to find references, articles, and more links to all the information you could ever want to know about meditation from a medical research standpoint.
Here is a SHORT List ( 20 items) of some of the positive outcomes of improvement that The clinical research is showing...
4. Social emotional development 14. Decreases depression
5. Decrease anxiety 15. Increases immune function or stability
6. Increase in emotional / social intelligence 16. Helps reduce high blood pressure
7. Makes a person feel less lonely 17. Helps irritable bowel syndrome
8. Increases capacity for self-control 18. Helps ulcerative colitis
9. Increases gray matter in the brain 19. Increases creativity
10. Insomnia 20. Helps with smoking cessation
As you can imagine, the medical research science is taking the potentials of meditation very seriously!
For those concerned about it meditation has no correlation and does not have to be affiliated with any type of religious practice!
There are NO known side effects outside of some people not being able to sit or lay comfortably because of certain aches or pains or physical conditions that limit their ability to lay or sit for extended periods of time. Also, there has been very little possible correlation with increases of anxiety or depression from meditation.
There are far too many references for the benefits listed above but there is the link above to the National Institutes of Health website which catalogs all of the research data and references for you to research if you are interested.
I hope you find a way to incorporate meditation even in a very small way into your life and see great benefits from it!
Best of Health to You and Your family!
Dr. Lorn Allison DN