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Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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The book guides children through the reasons why meditation is necessary, and believe me when I say it is the best book on the market for doing so (I looked around extensively). Especially good is the "mind-in-a-jar" experiment at the end of the book which gives a concrete, hands-on demonstration of why meditation is necessary. We placed dirt into a jar, spun it around, and the kids noticed how the sediment settled to the bottom after they meditated. A note, however: a little dirt goes a long way - don't put too much in or the experiment won't be as successful.
Some practical notes: it is best if this book is taught by someone who is experienced in meditation, as is the case with all meditative traditions. Furthermore, most children can't really meditate effectively for more than five or ten minutes due to modern attention spans. Just like adults, some children can meditate in full-lotus, some in half-lotus, and some can't do either. Especially if teaching in a group, care needs to be given to all three groups and children should be allowed to do what is comfortable. Finally, instruction is needed on the importance of giving ourselves some time to "switch modes" from meditation-mode to running-around-and-playing-mode in order to adjust.Read more ›
I did not give the book 5 stars because it lacks the substance to interest older readers, yet some of the concepts are a bit advanced for younger readers. By the time my daughter is old enough to be concerned about enemies, standing up to others, and accepting things as they are, she will probably be too old to relate to personified pigs.
Kerry introduces children to meditation practice in a manner that is understandable and enjoyable. The book is more than likely geared toward children from the ages of 3-8, I thinok older children may think the illustrations are to young for them. Not that it is a bad thing, because I think if this book is introduced at the earlier age, the kids won't need it later as the will have the experience of meditation already.
The great thing is, you and your kids do not have to be a Buddhist to read and implement the meditations in this book. Minus the dedication of the book, there is no mention of Buddha, Buddhism or religion at all.
We are re-introduced to the jar mediation we learned in "Moody Cow.." and are also given instruction on how to implement a new one. It is more of a "mindful of breath" meditation, which most of us are familiar with already, but it is simplified in a way that will make it understandable to those children that fit into the age group I already mentioned.
The book is beautifully illustrated. As I was reading it to do this review my kids were hovering over me, asking me to read it and asking what the piggies were doing. I can't wait to get into this some more with them. For those of you trying, or thinking of trying, to teach your kids something about meditation, Kerry has it down to a tee here and her books are extremely helpful.
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My son is two and although he cannot fully follow through the whole book he's learned to breathe, which in turn tends to calm him. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Karen
Great book, my children are a bit younger so they lose attention but they still request I read it and sometimes make up their own version from memory and the pictures!Published 3 days ago by Erika
My 3.5 year old absolutely loves this one and so do I. He already does simple guided meditations before bed so we enjoy teaching him more about why we meditate and what it helps us... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Justin Navarrette
My 4 year old is a fast reactor when upset (re: she hits first instead of yells). Just a few readings really sunk in for her and my 6 year old. Read morePublished 17 days ago by R. Suarez
It has been difficult to get my young (3 yr old) son into meditation. We are trying and moving slowly and usually once every couple weeks we come back to this book. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Shawna
Am amazing book to practice and teach meditation. I love this book.Published 1 month ago by odette Dahi