The Simplicity of a Child
Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.Pete Seeger
Christian meditation with children offers a return to original innocence. It nurtures young people’s ability to retain a sense of wonder in their lives, and encourages others to do the same.
Before we, as adults, are able to join in this work, though, we have to acknowledge our own forgetfulness and distraction. It’s not a question of us teaching them anything, but rather of us learning from their simplicity.
Children Need More Meditation and Less Simulation
A remote diocese in Australia is leading the way by allowing regular periods of silent meditation in the classroom.
If you want your children to feel more relaxed and less stressed, give them silence, not iPods.
This unthinkable idea came to mind after listening to Ernie Christie and Dr Cathy Day, two educationists from Queensland, Australia. They were addressing an audience at Regent's College, London, on the benefits of allowing children to experience regular periods of silent meditation in the classroom.
Meditation with Children: A Walk in the Park
It was November 2011 when Christian meditation was introduced at St Joseph’s Primary School. As reported in the Light of the North, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said Mass at the start of the in-service training day and the staff were very enthusiastic about sharing the gift of meditation with the children. Eighteen months later it was lovely to go back to the school and hear how it had made a really positive difference to life in the classroom.
This seemed a good idea and had the double attraction that we would have the opportunity to share some time of meditation with the children in the beautiful surroundings of the Japanese garden and the sunken garden.
Be Still and Know
The keynote speaker for the 2012 CHAPS conference, held at the Westerwood Hotel Cumbernauld, on the 6th/7th September was Bishop Hugh Gilbert. His speech addressed some thought provoking aspects of the otherwise familiar phrase "Be still and know” from Psalm 46.
He suggested that the underlying meaning of “Be still and know” is that we should be confident enough in God's protection to stop striving and to "let drop" our normal concerns in the sure knowledge that God would support us even in those situations that might appear hopeless – such as the flight from Egypt through the Red Sea.