Author(s): Anne Civardi
Meditation and visualisation, if approached in an inventive and appealing manner, bring enormous benefits to children. It can calm their anxieties, build their self-esteem, unlock their imagination, and teach them quietness and thoughtfulness. This book, designed for parents to use with any child between the ages of 4 and 8, is a collection of 20 narrative-based meditations. Reading the stories aloud, we draw the child into adventures which fire their imagination. In this way we help the child focus their minds, release their worries, believe in themselves and trust in the world around them. All the stories sensitively tackle difficult challenges facing small children, such as how to cope with disappointment, how to make good decisions, how to deal with anxieties and how to banish boredom. Each of the meditations is both enjoyable, as a fantasy, and effective, like a gentle hand smoothing wrinkles from tiny furrowed brows.
David Fontana, who contributes a 20-page Background for Parents, is a world authority on meditating with children. A Fellow of the British Psychological Society and current Visiting Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, his many books have been translated into more than twenty languages. The stories themselves have been written by leading storytellers, including Joyce Dunbar, a bestselling children's author in both the UK and the USA.