Teaching Meditation To a 9-Year-Old

In the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda Paramhansa, the author mentioned about his ashram in Ranchi and describes, how he used to train the disciples from an early age.

In a particular instance, he mentioned that in his ashram, there was a 9-year-old boy could sit in a lotus posture and meditate for hours.

I was astonished by this, since it is very difficult for me to meditate for more than 20 minutes, and you would understand it too if you have meditated even for 5 minutes.

Meditating for more than an hour is a huge deal.

I am home and I have a cousin, Amaan, who is 9 years old, it was time for me to see if I can teach meditation to a 9-year-old.

I tried to make him understand the concept of meditation by telling him that he has to count his breaths while sitting in lotus posture and keeping the eyes closed. I thought that it would be difficult to make him understand but to my utmost surprise, he took it as a game and was very excited about it.

The attention span of a child is indeed less than 5 second, and it was evident but there were times where he surprised me with his calmness. The game lasted for 15 mins with 3 intervals and for the last 3 minute, he was asleep.

Children take everything as a game, which is a pretty interesting way of looking at life. For them, the fun is too crucial to miss.

We are too busy playing an adult and don’t have fun anymore in our lives .

Indeed, we could learn so much from a child.


Faisal

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