Kids Meditation Class
Sundays, 10:30AM – 12:00PM
(held at same time as our Sunday Morning Meditation Class)
Location: Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center
6338 Presidential Court, Suite 105, Fort Myers, FL
Cost: By donation
Pre-registration is not required. Drop-ins welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult who is attending our Sunday Morning Meditation Class, or assisting with the kids class.
About the Class
On Sunday mornings, children age 5-11 years old are welcome to join a special class just for them!
They will learn simple meditations and other methods to calm their minds and ways to deal with negative feelings. Classes include a short discussion about everyday experiences relevant to children, guided meditation, and fun activities that foster habits such as kindness cooperation, patience and giving.
Each class will include time for meditation instruction, teachings or stories that revolve around mindfulness or ethics, and playful activities such as arts & crafts, songs and games.
Parents are welcome to join the class held in our main meditation room at the same time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I or my child need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the Kids Meditation Class?
No experience in meditation or Buddhism is necessary to attend. These classes will help kids to learn meditations and simple lessons from Buddhist teachings that nurture the inner skills they need to be happy and confident in life.
Q. We’ve never been to a Buddhist Center before. What should we expect?
Classes are very accessible. Your child does not need anything in particular or to wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available in the meditation room so children can sit where they are most comfortable. When entering the meditation room, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats.
Q. What does a typical Kids Meditation Class include?
Each class will include a simple, guided meditation that children can begin to introduce into their daily life. Classes will usually include a short talk on methods to calm the mind and ways to deal with negative feelings, discussions about everyday experiences relevant to children, and fun activities that foster habits such as kindness, cooperation, patience and giving. Classes are as interactive as possible to allow children time to explore and grow into meditation.
Q: What if my child has a hard time sitting still?
Many people think children can’t meditate because they have difficulty sitting still, but this simply is not true. Although sitting still is helpful during meditation practice, it is not required; we can meditate during all of our daily activities simply by holding a positive state of mind, such as love or compassion. Since all children can learn positive ways of thinking, even about challenging situations, they can definitely learn to meditate, even if they have difficulty sitting still. Like any skill, meditation takes practice. In these classes, children will learn short, guided meditations. As children practice and gain experience, they will be able to sit quietly for longer periods of time.
Q. Who will be teaching the classes?
Each kids class is led by an experienced student teacher from our Center, and an assistant who is a parent of one of the attending children. We rely completely on volunteers to provide this class, and each week there will be a different teacher & assistant on rotation. If you are a parent who is interested in helping by joining our rota of volunteers, please contact our class coordinator Mary at director@MeditationInFortMyers.org.
For additional questions or information, please contact Mary at director@MeditationInFortMyers.org