Have you ever noticed how children listen to a story? How they become calm, quiet and focused, and how they hang on to every word? Like a magic portal, stories guide children into different times, where they meet amazing characters and join them on fabulous adventures. Children’s lives are an adventure of sorts as they navigate through the stages of child development. The only constant in children’s lives seems to be change. With this consistent change often comes feelings of uncertainty, fear, and overwhelm. Stories, especially familiar and beloved tales, are like an anchor that help ground children when they feel the storms of change in and around them.
Stories aren’t just a form of escapism either, they offer many benefits as they can simultaneously be educational, entertaining, and healing.
Meditation and mindfulness are practices that have withstood the test of time, but have only recently begun to be studied scientifically. Although their benefits have been reported by people for hundreds of years, there has been a lack of definitive proof that such benefits were rooted in science. As meditation and mindfulness have become increasingly popular over the past few decades, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that confirming these practices are in fact evidence based.
A 2021 study in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that children who practiced mindfulness gained an extra 74 minutes of sleep per night, over the course of the two year study. Another study demonstrated over a three month period that meditation can help lower heart rates and blood pressure in children.
Kids won’t necessarily care about the scientific benefits of meditating, they will simply love listening to stories that captivate their imaginations and transport them into a world of calm. They will also care about seeing themselves represented in stories, with characters who are like them and who are facing similar challenges. Stories like these will help children easily connect to meditation, as the characters feel equally familiar and comfortable as their favorite cartoons.
Wee Meditate has an ever expanding library of meditative content designed specifically to blend children’s love for stories and familiar characters with the evidence behind meditation and mindfulness. Preview our content and sign up to see how guided story meditation can become a part of your child’s wellness routine.