Meditation is a self-regulating practice which focuses on training attention and awareness in order to bring about a relaxed state and promote general well-being. There is no one particular way to meditate.
Integrative medicine and palliative care specialists at Riley at IU Health may recommend meditation as a way to help improve the overall well-being of children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.
During meditation, your child is taught to calm his or her mind, quieting worry, fear and conflicting thoughts. This helps to reduce anxiety and introduce joy, peace and relaxation, even under difficult circumstances. Different techniques that can be used during meditation include painting and walking.
Meditation specialists will tailor your child’s meditation practice according to his or her individual preferences and needs. Meditation is most successful when it is focused on an object or thought that your child loves.
You can expect the following from your child's meditation practice:
Your child’s meditation session may last from 30 minutes to one hour. Your child can practice meditation techniques at any time for continued benefit.