The interest in teaching children meditation is growing rapidly, as a number of recent stories in the mainstream media have documented, including NPR, The New York Times, and London Telegraph. Child’s Mind aims to teach parents and child professionals how to integrate mindfulness into their work with children, and teach children and adolescents basics of mindfulness and meditation. Willard’s intention is to help parents pass on to their children the practices of mindfulness that they have found valuable for themselves. The book can also be a resource for those who work with children, whether it is family and children coordinators at retreat centers, religious instructors from a range of traditions, or teachers, therapists, and even medical professionals. Child’s Mind aims to teach children the power that comes with the comfort of just being, and the capacity to be, be aware, and be comfortable with yourself.
Dr. Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a psychotherapist at Tufts University. He also consults and has a private practice in the Boston area. Dr. Willard has taught with the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has taught meditation to a wide range of people, from young children to recently paroled murderers to psychotherapists and schoolteachers. When not working or practicing he enjoys cooking, hiking, writing, and traveling.
Buddhist teachings and meditation offer a roadmap to help college students and others in early adulthood incorporate mindfulness into their lives as a means of facing the myriad struggles unique to this stage of life.