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Sensational Meditation for Children Child-Friendly Meditation Techniques based on The Five Senses (Second edition now available) Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Sensational Meditation for Children is the 2009 Nautilus Silver Medal Winner in the Parenting and Family Category and the 2009 Living Now Bronze Medal Winner in the Meditation Category. --Nautilus Book Award Winners

Sensational Meditation for Children is a valuable resource that provides straightforward but not simplistic explanations and exercises for nourishing the minds of children. This book is particularly accessible to parents and educators who are new to meditation, providing tested exercises and guidance to empower our children. --Tobin Hart, Ph.D., author of The Secret Spiritual World of Children

Sensational Meditation for Children is a must read for anyone planning to teach meditation to children. Vallely's techniques are rooted in tradition yet freshly crafted for the 21st Century child. --Sandra Sedgbeer, Editor in Chief of Children of the New Earth and Inspired Parenting magazines

Sensational Meditation for Children is a valuable resource that provides straightforward but not simplistic explanations and exercises for nourishing the minds of children. This book is particularly accessible to parents and educators who are new to meditation, providing tested exercises and guidance to empower our children. --Tobin Hart, Ph.D., author of The Secret Spiritual World of Children

Sensational Meditation for Children is a must read for anyone planning to teach meditation to children. Vallely's techniques are rooted in tradition yet freshly crafted for the 21st Century child. --Sandra Sedgbeer, Editor in Chief of Children of the New Earth and Inspired Parenting magazines

About the Author

Sarah Wood Vallely has been teaching meditation techniques to children since 1999, helping young people not only to cope in todays world but to thrive in it. Contrary to what one might think, kids love to meditate. Vallelys students tell her: That was better than my video game!-- When can we come back to meditate?-- And-- I didn t know meditation was so easy!-- Sarah is a parent-to-parent educator. She began working with children when she was ten years old in a classroom she set up in her home. Using a chalk board her father installed, she taught the neighborhood children everything from math to vocabulary. Sarah began working professionally with children in 1991. A former art teacher, Sarah now teaches meditation to children, helping children cope with depression, anxiety, stress and symptoms associated with ADHD. When Sarah began teaching meditation for children in Los Angeles, her classes became a phenomenon. People without children came to see how someone could possibly persuade and inspire children to meditate. To help others learn what she does so effectively, Sarah also trains adults how to teach meditation to children in classrooms, at home, and in therapeutic settings. Sarahs program attracts students from across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Sarah is the Author of Sensational Meditation for Children - Child-friendly meditation techniques based on the five senses. She also writes articles on meditation for children and conscious parenting and makes public speaking appearances. Sarah has a bachelors in Fine Art and her cross cultural meditation training includes American Board of Hypnotherapy Certification, Vipassana (Buddhist), a four-year internship with regression therapy master (Western Shamanism), Huna practitioner training (Hawaiian), Reiki, Level II (Japanese) and ongoing Yoga instruction (Hindu). Sarah is also a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy and North Carolina Writers Network.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Satya International, Inc; First edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979330203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979330209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kristin Marsh on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sarah's writing reflects her years of experience, solid background knowledge and her love for working with children. There's plenty of information here to develop a good understanding of the various purposes and benefits of meditation for anyone, and children in particular. With your appetite whetted, she then presents detailed, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for a variety of child-friendly meditation exercises. These sound like a lot of fun, with titles like 'Fudge Swirl," "Inside Friends," and "The Happy Tree." I especially liked the way the meditations are grouped thematically in chapters titled Clearing My Mind, Healing My Body, Renewing Spirit, and Finding Out Who I Am. Woven throughout are specific suggestions and exercises to connect with your child and ways to make the most of the meditation experience through art and writing, among other ideas. The final chapter offers guidelines and inspiration for creating your own meditations.

This book is a great tool for parents, educators and anyone working to connect with children, to help them open their minds and souls to possibility and higher self-awareness, and not least of all, their imaginations!
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Children and parents alike benefit so very much from Sarah's book, "Sensational Meditation for Children". It creates a very close and strong bond as parent and child learn how to meditate together. Children can learn meditation techniques quickly with Sarah's short meditations and they have great fun with all the exercises and crafts that the book offers as well. I am a former student of Sarah's and have studied the book in great depth as well as taught many children through her techniques. If you have children this is definitely a must have book!
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In my opinion, Sarah Wood Vallely has thought of everything to help readers to know and understand exactly what is involved in teaching children to meditate, what the benefits of meditation are, and what works well in particular situations. Sarah also "backs up" each technique with tried and true reasons and experiences for why she suggests doing things the way she does! It is a very easy book to read and is complete with an outline for teaching a class.
Finally, the meditations are wonderful, and not only for children! I now use the Grounding Cord meditation that is in the book every day!
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This book has a lot of great information and guidance on how to practice the meditations with your child alone or in a group setting with other children, and is backed up by the authors experience and medical research. The concept and philosophy behind the meditation is non-specific to any particular religion.

There is a lot of information in this book and a great base for a starting point if your child is not familiar with the concept or practice, and is appealing to the more advanced practitioner. Advanced meditations in this book cover chanting, going inward, chakras and auras, inner healing and creating your own for a specific purpose.

My son is 8 and this book is his first introduction to meditation for kids. He has seen me practicing on my own and until now, I did not know how to explain the what or how to him in practical language that he would be able to digest. I'm very pleased with this purchase and will recommend it to friends.
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This book sparked many ideas for introducing meditation and visualization to my children. The "meditations" are more like visualizations, IMOpinion. It's been wonderful for putting them to bed at night, to relax, to figure out what's going on in their "inner worlds" .... I enjoy her advice and hope more people introduce their children to their inner worlds!
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I am so thankful to Sarah Woods Vallely for laying the groundwork for meditation in the everyday life of families. I strongly recommend this book to parents who want to enrich their family life with meditation, and who would like to open doors for healthy, balanced, grounded and expansive spirituality for their children. I also recommend this book to teachers and therapists who work with children. You can also take Sarah Vallely's classes.

Having a wide and cross-cultural background in meditation from my pre-motherhood years, I was never sure how to present meditation to my children without putting my own interpretation of spirituality onto them.

Sarah writes, "Can we teach a spiritual practice or set of skills to children without shaping their thoughts? ... I believe we can ... Our job is to focus on facilitating experiences for our children and letting them draw their own conclusions."

This book shows child-appropriate meditation practices that help us better understand our children, help free us up and heal our emotional patterns with our children, (help us get un-stuck), and that can help a child both incarnate into her body and her senses while becoming more mentally focused and emotionally confident.

My children were grown long before this book was published. I did bring my meditation techniques into my family life when I developed a method to help my children learn elementary school level math. My approach focused on alleviating learning problems and facilitating memorization, however, and not on bringing meditation into one's family life on a day-to-day basis. I wish this book had been published twenty years ago! It is the book I longed for when my children were little.
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