The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child

The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child

by Marie Champeaux-Cunin, Dominique Butet

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A simple but complete mindfulness meditation program for children as young as three years old and their parents, designed to encourage kindness and empathy.

More and more children are experiencing the benefits of mindfulness practices at home and in school to reduce stress, regulate emotions, and improve concentration. But true mindfulness practice also opens the heart and increases compassion and empathy. This is really two books in one: a guide for parents to the basics and benefits of meditation for children, and a concise practice program of mindfulness meditation for children, ages three to seven. The program includes stories, bedtime rituals, and an audio download, featuring Yupsi, a magical dragon. Yupsi’s boundless optimism and good nature will inspire children to feel confidence in their emotions and help them develop natural kindness and altruism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834841604
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

MARIE-CHRISTINE CHAMPEAUX-CUNIN is a former entrepreneur in the micro-computer business, who came to Buddhism twelve years ago and now runs the Paris Drukpa Lineage Center. She divides her time between Paris, France, where she lives, and the Himalayas, where she studies with her masters and does regular retreats in Bhutan.

DOMINIQUE BUTET is a kindergarten teacher in Paris, France, where she successfully introduced the practice of meditation to her young pupils. She also regularly runs meditation workshops on compassionate mindfulness for children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Matthieu Ricard ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Introduction to Meditation 1

1 What Is Meditation? 3

2 Why Meditate? 8

3 Which Meditation Practice to Choose? 19

Part 2 Meditation for Your Child 31

4 Meditation Starting at Age Three 33

5 The Benefits of Meditation for Your Child 36

6 Introduction to the Yupsi Method 43

Part 3 The Yupsi Stories and Meditations 55

7 The Gift Stickers Test: Your Child's Initial Level of Compassion 57

8 Every Evening, Do What Yupsi Does 59

The Lotus (or Cross-Legged) Position 59

Three-Breath Meditation 60

Meditation on Appreciation 61

Dedication to All the Children in the World 61

9 The Yupsi Stories 62

The Blue Donkey Who Rode a Bike 62

The Butterfly Kite 65

Trouble in the Land of the Bees 68

The Snowshoe Hare Caught in a Frozen Waterfall 72

The Child from Ladakh 76

The Child with the Bandage 79

The Wild Kittens 83

The Via Ferrata of Joy 87

10 Meditations for Older Kids, Starting at Age Five 92

Meditation on the Breath: White Light and Black Smoke 93

Meditation on Appreciation 95

Dedication to All the Children in the World 96

Walking Meditation 96

11 The Gift Stickers Test: Your Child's Level of Compassion after Ten Weeks of the Program 99

Conclusion 101

Acknowledgments 103

Notes 105

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