Child's Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed

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Parallax Press, Aug 31, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 152 pages
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The interest in teaching meditation to children is growing rapidly, as a number of recent stories in the mainstream media have documented. Child's Mind aims to teach parents and child professionals how to integrate mindfulness into their work with children and teach both young children and adolescents the basics of mindfulness and meditation. The book is a great resource for anyone who work with young people, including family coordinators at retreat centers, religious instructors in a range of traditions, teachers, therapists, and medical professionals. Child's Mind aims to teach children the power that comes with the comfort of just being, as well as the capacity to be, be aware, and be comfortable with oneself.
  

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Review: Child's Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed

User Review  - Janelle - Goodreads

Fantastic book on mindfulness... pretty well cited (as a grad student I would have liked to seen more) and done in Chicago style so the reader can ignore the citations easily. I would like to try some ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bean - Goodreads

a great Buddhist-inspired practical meditation guide for children in the Vipassana tradition. Read full review

Contents

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
3
Meditation Basics
10
Practicing with Children
22
Mindfulness Practices Chapter 4 Core Mindfulness Practices for Children
35
Practices for Mental Clarity and Creativity
56
Practices for Physical Health
70
Practices for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
80
Practices for Positive Choices
103
Growing a Forest
113
Lesson Plans
115
Resources
127
Acknowledgments
131
Notes
133
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Dr. Christopher Willard received his Bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University, where he first became interested in meditation. After graduating, he spent time traveling and working a variety of jobs including a teacher in a psychiatric hospital and an artist's assistant. In graduate school he did his doctoral work on the psychological applications of meditation and mindfulness practice. Over the past ten years, he has attended retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Noah Levine, and other Buddhist teachers in both the U.S. and in Asia. Although he considers the Engaged Buddhism of Thich Nhat Hanh his spiritual home, he has studied and practiced extensively in the Theravada tradition, with some dabbling in Tibetan Buddhism.In the past few years, he has taught meditation to a wide range of people, from young children to recently paroled murderers to psychotherapists and schoolteachers. Dr. Willard has taught with the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and volunteered at the Insight Meditation Society's Teen Retreat. He currently works as a psychotherapist at Tufts University, and consults and does private work in the Boston area. When not working or practicing he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, writing, international travel, and any combination of these he can manage.

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