After half-term our Lotus class pupils (Years 5 and 6) will begin work on a new ICT project – blogging and podcasting about their experiences of meditation. Some of the children have already begun discussing the topic and we will be producing a brand new section of the school website, written by pupils, to provide information on meditation and mindfulness: a “how to” guide discussing experiences, challenges and benefits from their perspective that may help engage other children with the practice.
Here are some comments from Year 6 pupils which have provided a starting point for this exciting new project:
“Meditation makes you more aware of your real thoughts and feelings, otherwise you don’t really think about your actions – you just do stuff without really knowing why or thinking about it.”
“It’s not like daydreaming or sleeping where you just drift off and think about one thing that leads into another thought. There’s more focus so if your mind drifts you bring it back by focusing on your breathing. You can also think of your mind like an elastic band – if you just let go, it springs back again. Even Buddha probably found it hard to meditate at first, it takes time but he just kept at it till he got it. It’s like riding a bike, it’s a skill.”
“You only do meditation if you want to, it’s not forced. Only you can decide to do it, no teacher or anyone can make you do it ‘cos they don’t know what’s going on in your head, only you do. So it’s something you have to decide to do yourself and you do it because you can feel it’s helping you which makes you want to do it more.”
“Meditating is a bit like learning that you have your own ‘super-power’, your own inner power that is always there if you need it. You can’t levitate or anything but it makes you feel strong.”
“It’s sort of about being ok with yourself no matter what you’re feeling or whether you think you’re doing it right or not. It helps if you think of an image – a magical land you experience or a cloud, but don’t let your mind add to it, like add a rainbow or anything – just fix on the one image and feel it.”
“In Spiderman, there’s a woman in a green costume who meditates and it makes her go from being old to young. Meditation is a bit like a sword that cuts through old wrinkled thoughts and makes your brain feel fresh again.”