It’s been a proven fact that an exercise routine is the best antidote for better health, especially in children, for their better mental and physical growth. Children usually get most of their physical workout from sports and outdoor games but for their mental health, they must be introduced to methods like breathing exercises and circular breathing to enhance their cognitive abilities which help them to be a strong and smart adult in the future.
Why Should Children Mediate?
Researchers have discovered that people who meditate half an hour a day for more than six weeks have enhanced focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility. Meditation triggers high-frequency brain waves associated with attention and perception, which means it feeds the wellspring of human creativity.
As we know that meditation increases blood flow to the brain and enhances the decision-making abilities of the mind. Mindfulness has a strong and good effect on the child’s immune system and health of the gut which is now found to be the key element for emotional and mental health. A research in Harvard shows that mindfulness increases the gray matter in four areas of the brain involved with learning and memory functions.
These changes are particularly fantastic when looked in the perspective of children, whose brains are more plastic than a grown-up’s brain. There is an evidence in the book “Handbook of Mindfulness In Education” from developmental neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience that shows the potential for mindfulness to increase children’s brain functioning and positive brain structural changes.
Improve The Attention Span of Children
There is much more evidence that indicates that meditation can be a pivotal and good action for the children to improve their attention spans and creative abilities, as well as it is essential for the children having a difficulty in school. As a recent study has shown that children with ADHD displayed statistically a marked rise in problem-solving ability with meditation practice.
Better Emotional Control and Cognitive Function
It is also observed that with repeated meditation, children develop a heightened emotional control which results in increased cognitive function. Cognition is thinking, and, in a limited sense, it is the capacity of the brain to compare, store, retrieve and retain information. The use of memory is involved when calling forth information to use in the present or address a future situation. Recalling or remembering occurs in three ways, which are attention, orientation, and decision-making. These areas of cognition/thinking move from and between levels of complexity simultaneously, and seemingly without reason or even awareness.
Improve Your Child’s Creativity
In looking at our thinking more closely, we understand that we have thoughts, ideas, opinions, judgements and feelings which impact our lives on a daily basis — sometimes moment to moment. These, in turn, influence our cognitive development and creativity, to create something or be innovative, one needs to think consciously; or even sometimes, thinking occurs unconsciously.
At one time, creativity was considered to be the function of the right brain hemisphere. This supported the concept that left-brain-dominant people were more analytical and less emotional. Emotion is considered to be an important factor in creativity, as is the memory, or, really, the lack of it when being creative. In an article on the anatomy of the creative brain, author TraceyR related that the anatomy of creativity is a pattern of activation and suppression of communication pathways within the brain that allows for the emergence of novel thought.
Ingredients for creative innovation include divergent thinking — the ability to see things differently in a way that improves upon convention. Creativity is an aspect of personality that is characterised by the novel and appropriate ideas and processes. It is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality and involves thinking and producing. “If you have ideas and don’t act on them, then you are imaginative but not creative,” says Linda Neiman, founder of Creativity at Work.
Mediation Makes A Better Writer
At last, we are not suggesting that meditation is the only component necessary to turn your child or you into a master writer, but if this practice is absent from your writing and creative process, you are simply leaving too much potential on the table. Without a simple meditation practice, an individual is not tapping into their full creative juices and they’re robbing themselves of becoming the best writer they can be on many levels.
Reading is a wonderful stimulant for your brain; it expands your horizons and increases your knowledge of the world, but what matters with your writing is how well you can access that information and express it on paper in your best writing voice and style.
You need to get into the right state of mind to achieve that, and meditation is the shortest path to that state. Meditation can unlock best writing ideas in children. It calms their nerves and allows the brain to process the information it has soaked up from reading and listening. Meditation allows their mind to have a genuine conversation with itself, and to make honest discoveries about what untainted and original content it can create. It also fills the gaps and connects the dots.
Final Thoughts on Mediation
Meditation also tames fatigue, purify the ideas, discards old ones and gives birth to new ones. It simply awakens their inner voice and gives it the courage to speak up. Furthermore, it splashes drops of awareness on their thoughts and it showers them with a wealth of creativity and knowledge that otherwise tends to be trapped in their mind.
Meditation is a gift far too accessible, too easy, and too rewarding not to embrace — if you are willing to cultivate the habit. So give meditation a try to get your and your child’s creative juices flowing.