In today’s competitive scenario, it is expected from children to excel in studies, become best player in sports and maintain the social activities as well. While remaining under peer pressure,  most of the times it produces agitation and frustration in the child.

To protect the child from any posed mental stress, Aanapana  is one technique that can bring harmony and peace in the personality of the young blooming stars. A rather simple and widely used, it allows the kid to purify his mind  thereby helping him to learn to grow poise and composure while it helps in the development of the concentration of the mind.

The ideal time to begin the first steps of this mental training is in childhood when children as young as eight years old can easily learn the technique. It is the observation of natural, normal respiration, as it comes in and as it goes out. Observation of the breath is the ideal object for meditation because it is always available, and it is completely non-sectarian. It is presented in a non-sectarian format, making it ideal for introducing it to children at school programmes throughout the world.

Besides helping them to calm and concentrate their minds, Aanapana helps children to better understand themselves and how their minds work. As they learn to calm and concentrate their minds, they gain mastery over their impulses and actions. They develop an inner strength that helps them to choose right and appropriate actions over wrong actions. This is a natural by-product of the technique. For this reason, Aanapana provides them with a tool to deal with the fears, anxieties, and pressures of childhood and adolescence. Because of its simplicity, they find the technique easy to practise and understand and they appreciate its scientific and universal nature.

Easy to learn, objective and scientific, Aanapana is the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation.  Whether a children’s Aanapana course is held at a school or at a Vipassana meditation centre, it is essential that the children be given an opportunity to continue to practise Aanapana for a short period each day after the course to yield the true benefits of the practice.

Lets encourage our children to learn this meditation and practise it regularly. Log in to www.dhammavani.org where in close to 90 minutes of time has been devoted for the children on LIVE DHAMMA RADIO.

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