'At school, we believe education should touch the whole child. This includes the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cognitive aspects of the child's life. We teach children quietness as a skill to reflect and recharge their inner lives. Lorraine Murray helped us on this journey.' -- Sheila Laing, Head Teacher Stress and behavioural disorders are common in children, who are increasingly bombarded by marketing campaigns, faced with school and peer pressure, and able to sense the stress of adults around them. Mindfulness and meditation can help children recognise and cope with these pressures, releasing bad feelings gently and giving them simple tools to deal with tension and stress throughout their lives. In this practical and inspiring book, Lorraine Murray shows parents, teachers and youth workers how to lead fun and peaceful meditation sessions with children. Lorraine explains a variety of different approaches, from meditations around daily activities for busy families, to ideas for group 'quietness' sessions in schools. She provides fun, tactile rhymes for toddlers to help them calm down before bedtime, and suggests ways to help teenagers reduce anxiety. She goes on to explain how these methods can help children with ADHD and those on the autistic spectrum, giving a range of case studies. This book is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience of relaxation and meditation techniques. It offers all the advice needed to lead sessions with children, whilst encouraging the reader to adapt and develop their own ways of helping children to feel calmer, happier and more peaceful.
Welcome and thanks for joining me! :)
I'm Lorraine Murray - author of the Calm Kids book.
I started up my own company Feel Good Therapies ltd as a professional aromatherapist and Reiki Teacher. I've practised meditation personally since I was 28 (a long time ago!) and have always felt this would be a great skill to teach our children.
I spent a few years working in schools teaching children from a wide range of backgrounds and ages - from age 7 right up to teenagers. I have learned how children can easily practise meditation and the amazing benefits it brings them.
I am personally interested in ADHD and Autism and worked with a few families in this situation (which you read about in the book). I'm currently working on my 2nd book which will be based on over 30 case studies - working with children with special needs, autism and adhd - going into much more depth about methods we can use to help them relax and feel more peaceful.
I love yoga, spending time with my dog, hubbie and our 2 pussycats.
I run courses based on the calm kids book (online and face to face) in addition to a wide range of complementary therapies and meditation for adults.
I love teaching because every time I teach, I learn something new. My students are wonderful and I feel truly grateful to them and all who have bought this book.