Young Children Are Already Mindful

June 27, 2014


The average human being has up to 70,000 thoughts a day. Clinging to slights, peeved at politicians and fearing for the future, it’s a wonder we get anything done as the currents of continual thought pull us under, distracting us from focusing on the now. We go into an auto-pilot, as destructive as HAL in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and work ourselves up, up and away from what should be getting our full attention in the present moment.

Habitual beings, we plough this pattern into our brain. But we can change it over time. Mindfulness is about creating a new pathway so that the traits of calm become our natural state.

Studies have shown it decreases stress in those who suffer from anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and agitation. It has also been shown to aid recovery in serious illnesses, while it also yields results for the able-bodied.

But in the sacred words of Helen Lovejoy, ‘what about the children?’ As adults rebuild already damaged neurons, what’s the benefit to those who have yet to destructively soil their consciousness?

Full Article, Irish Independent February 3rd 2014

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