Meditative and Mindful Practicing of Self

Leanne Tonkin

Abstract


This short overview is of some findings from a study on a secular meditation of children living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The children in my study had for several years practiced a breath awareness and loving kindness meditation at the NGO where they lived and/or at the school they attend. I asked three guiding questions:

1)    How does the child experience meditation?

2)    How does the child build morality through meditation practice?

How does the child’s meditation practice offer certain “protective” benefits?

Keywords


Educational alternatives; progressive education; alternative education; difference; meditation; mindfulness

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