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Motivation for Meditation

Let’s take a look at the practical ways in which we can support children’s motivation for meditation and empowering their voice.

Hello and welcome. Today, we're going to talk about helping children to grow the motivation for practicing meditation. We're going to do this through the focus of fostering intrinsic motivation by encouraging children's sense of autonomy. Intrinsic motivation is the motivation to start an activity because of the psychological needs related to enjoyment and interest. And unlike the extrinsic motivators of praise and reward, intrinsic motivation doesn't depend on outside factors.

Therefore it's more sustainable and it strengthens their persistence. So how exactly can we apply this idea for inspiring the motivation for meditation? We are going to empower children's sense of autonomy through the power of choice. We can do this by embodying a compassionate curiosity for what children have to say and following in their lead of how to progress through a meditation. For example, when asking children to practice meditation, we can give them the opportunity to choose from a selection of two to three options. This handful of options allows you to still guide the direction of the meditation while giving them that key sense of autonomy without being too overwhelmed by choice.

Some of the areas that you can give these choices include, which meditation audio or music to use, when and for how long the meditation goes on for, and where they're meditating. As we're encouraging choice and autonomy, we're showing that we truly respect their voice and that we're valuing their ideas. This gives them the confidence to take ownership over their actions. And the sense of ownership and control allows children to develop feelings of responsibility and accountability over an activity. So let's approach meditation with our children with flexibility and a true appreciation for children's creative expression as we learn from our children and follow in their lead to find true joy in the practice of meditation.

And if they still aren't enjoying the experience, it's absolutely okay and even productive to say, "That's all right. We can try again another time when you're ready." Thank you so much for your time and presence here today. And thank you for sharing the joy and power of meditation with your children.

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Motivation for Meditation

Let’s take a look at the practical ways in which we can support children’s motivation for meditation and empowering their voice.

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Hello and welcome. Today, we're going to talk about helping children to grow the motivation for practicing meditation. We're going to do this through the focus of fostering intrinsic motivation by encouraging children's sense of autonomy. Intrinsic motivation is the motivation to start an activity because of the psychological needs related to enjoyment and interest. And unlike the extrinsic motivators of praise and reward, intrinsic motivation doesn't depend on outside factors.

Therefore it's more sustainable and it strengthens their persistence. So how exactly can we apply this idea for inspiring the motivation for meditation? We are going to empower children's sense of autonomy through the power of choice. We can do this by embodying a compassionate curiosity for what children have to say and following in their lead of how to progress through a meditation. For example, when asking children to practice meditation, we can give them the opportunity to choose from a selection of two to three options. This handful of options allows you to still guide the direction of the meditation while giving them that key sense of autonomy without being too overwhelmed by choice.

Some of the areas that you can give these choices include, which meditation audio or music to use, when and for how long the meditation goes on for, and where they're meditating. As we're encouraging choice and autonomy, we're showing that we truly respect their voice and that we're valuing their ideas. This gives them the confidence to take ownership over their actions. And the sense of ownership and control allows children to develop feelings of responsibility and accountability over an activity. So let's approach meditation with our children with flexibility and a true appreciation for children's creative expression as we learn from our children and follow in their lead to find true joy in the practice of meditation.

And if they still aren't enjoying the experience, it's absolutely okay and even productive to say, "That's all right. We can try again another time when you're ready." Thank you so much for your time and presence here today. And thank you for sharing the joy and power of meditation with your children.

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