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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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Wonderfully written. This is the education our children need.Published 28 days ago by Travis Saladino
My 4 year old son has learned about meditation from this book. He recently started karate and they start each class with a two minute meditation and my son totally gets why they do... Read morePublished 1 month ago by elyse rhodes
This goes along with the yoga book. It's a great story. Easy to follow and fun to read.Published 1 month ago by T. Mitchell
I LOVE this book and what it teaches my small children. I will read this quite often. I believe it's not only possible, but important to teach kids meditation.Published 1 month ago by Sweet T
I love this book. We read it to my 2 1/2 year old and he just loves to read about the piggy. There is no thru story but it is a great way to talk about kindness and peacefulness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Candace Walker
Kindle version can't be open. Tried multiple times, complained to Amazon but no help to speak of.Published 2 months ago by Tom L
I used this book to introduce my Girl Scouts troop to meditation. I love this book - very easy and simple way to teach the bascis of meditation in a fun and understanding way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Smooch