Teaching Christian Meditation to Children & Youth

Saturday, March 1, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Free & Open to the public

There is much noise and little silence in the lives of children and youth.  And like many adults, children yearn for the experience of an interior way of being that helps buffer the hustle and bustle of a harried world.

Young people have a natural capacity for meditation, and they love it! 

When this capacity meets the ancient practice of Christian meditation, the exciting benefit is a mindfulness that helps young people reduce stress, increase their sense of wellbeing, and deepen their relationship with God. 

Children meditate together as naturally as they play together. Sitting together in meditation - where there is no competition, no judgment and no taking account of their background or their special needs - becomes a wonderful way of building community in the classroom.

This workshop is for parents, grandparents, teachers, religious educators, healthcare professionals, and all involved in the formation of children and youth.

This workshop will cover the teaching and practice of Christian meditation and what makes it Christian.  We will also delve into the practical ‘hows’ involved in teaching meditation to children & youth so that those participating feel equipped to introduce this practice in the classroom, religious education & Sunday school programs, congregations, at home, and beyond.  Practical tools and resources will be provided.


Facilitator:

Cynthia Comiskey, CSJ, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.  Cynthia is a former elementary school teacher, school counselor, and a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).  She has conducted workshops on teaching meditation to children around the country and at the National Catholic Education Association.


WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

COST: Free & Open to the public. 


Testimonies on How Meditation Impacts Children & Youth

 

"I'm very busy and at times quite stresesd. Meditation has helped me deal with stressful times better.  I still get stressed and meditation doesnt make the stress go away, but it keeps me grounded.  I'm balanced and able to handle stress better.  This form of prayer allows me to know myself better and, in turn, to know God better." - 12th grade student

"It helps them [children] to be calm. It gives them the opportunity to get away from the stress of everyday, from all the materialism of everyday, and allows them peace and calm to be at one with themselves and actually talk quietly to God." - Clare Plant, 6th grade teacher

"Christian meditation is . . . where you don't pray for yourself. God knows what you need and God prays for you." - 3rd grade student

"I believe meditation has allowed me to become a much more balanced human being." - 12th grade student

"I find that my children are a lot calmer. . . and they work together and care for each other more." - Kerry Tatneill, Preschool teacher

"I believe meditation has allowed me to become a much more balanced human being." - 12th grade student


Resources for Further Exploration


Other WCCM Teaching Meditation to Children programs in the US

Children Need More Meditation and Less Stimulation
(from The Guardian)

Silent Testimony: Christian Meditation with Children (Publication by Meditatio)

Meditation "Benefits" Kids (from Catholic News)

Radio Interview with Dr. Cathy Day & Ernie Christie (Meditatio Podcast)