buddhist kid sitting meditating on a mantra

As a compassionate parent, you want your kids to be healthy, happy, relaxed, and well behaved. One way to get there is to teach kids mantras.

Teaching kids mantras is a great way to help them focus, to teach them spirituality, and to boost their wellbeing.

There are so many beautiful reasons to teach kids mantras. First, however, parents will want to read my beginners mantra meditation guide.

Reading the guide above will give you all the background information you need so that you can educate your son or daughter properly about sacred sounds and affirmations.

Why Parents Should Teach Kids Mantras

Modern society is stressful for children. That’s why it’s so important to help them to stay mentally healthy, such as by teaching kids mindfulness exercises.

We live in such a competitive, results-focused, high-pressure age that it can be hard for children to remain calm and relaxed.

According to the American Psychological Association, one-fifth of kids report being worried a great deal [1].

The overstimulation of media, TV, games, and movies, can make it very difficult for them to focus.

Naturally, as caring parents, we want to do everything we can to help our little ones, and we prefer natural remedies rather than any pills. One natural, spiritual remedy is sacred sounds and affirmations.

Benefits of mantras for kids

Help them to relax and be happy

Some sacred sounds and affirmation (especially Kundalini Mantras) are very musical. They have a pleasant melody that is fun to recite.

The gentle repetition of a musical mantra is a relaxing and enjoyable activity for both parents and kids.  

Science shows that humming tunes makes us happy. And the same is true for mantras. Humming a simple mantra helps the mind to relax and also creates a fun little activity to do with your son or daughter.

Help kids with sinus problems:

Amazingly, science shows that reciting mantras helps kids with sinus problems.

One of the leading causes of sinus problems is that particles get stuck in the nose and other places, which reduces airflow and makes it harder for the sinuses to clean themselves out.

When we recite sacred sounds, we create vibrations in the sinuses that help to shake those particles loose and to get things flowing again. This can help your little ones with everything from a cold to allergies.

Kids mantras for focus:

The simple act of reciting or singing a mantra is a critical meditative practise that helps to focus the mind.

Try humming to yourself for a few moments, and you will see how this works. Go ahead and hum. Notice how your mind gets drawn into the humming sound and how your thoughts fall silent? The simple act of humming quietens the mind and helps us to concentrate.

This is similar to a yoga technique called brahmari (“the bee”), a gentle humming technique, which is one of my favourite yoga breathing exercises.

Mantras work in the same way. The mind is attracted to the sound of the mantra. As we practice Japa, we enter a meditative state that boosts focus and concentration. This can be great for helping the little ones to study for school.

There are powerful spiritual mantras for focus and concentration too.

Relaxation

When you teach kids mantras, you give them a quick and easy way to relax. Science shows that vocal exercises like humming and mantras help to stimulate the promote relaxation[3].   

Improved behaviour at school and home

Reciting a mantra is an act of discipline. It takes a focused and still mind to sit and recite a mantra. Children learn to focus on one thing and to be inwardly (and outwardly) still through these simple exercises.

The combination of discipline, relaxation, and focus mean that mantras will help kids to behave better at school and home.

The Best Mantras For Kids To Learn

There are many mantras for kids, and choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. It depends on what you hope to get out of the experience.

Let’s take a look at my favourite mantras for kids.

Whether you’re a parent teaching your son or daughter, or you’re a meditation teacher focusing on teaching the young, I can highly recommend these mantras and affirmations.

1: “I can handle it”

This one is all about helping your children to have positive self talk.

I learned this one from Laurie Wright. The reason this is such a good mantra for kids is that it teaches them to think that they can handle any problem that comes along.  It’s also really good at helping them to find confidence.

 

2: Om  

“Om” is the best mantra for kids who struggle to focus at school.

Om is a very important mantra for spiritual reasons (it is the sound of origin), but it is also one of the simplest sounds to make.

What to do:

  1. Create a musical game around the mantra “Om”
  2. Get the kids together.
  3. Use an instrument (or sing) to go up and down the musical scale (move up and down in pitch).
  4. Sing “Om” on each note.
  5. Continue for five minutes.

This is a simple and fun game that helps them to focus on one thing at a time. It will also promote better behaviour at school and at home.

3: “Let it go” (with reference to Frozen)

Kids love Frozen.

I mean, they really really really love it.

And a lot of adults do too. Personally, I wasn’t too blown away by it (I’ll take Bambi or Bolt any day). But there is one part of the movie I talk about every week: Let it go.

If you’ve not seen Frozen, “Let It Go” is the title track.

Try using this song as a mantra—just use the “Let it go” part.

These three words are perfect for teaching children to let go of thoughts, feelings and live in the moment.

4: “Be The Pond.”

Read the story below. We’re going to use it to build a mantra for kids.

THE STORY 

A preschool teacher tells a story about fish swimming around a pond.

There’s a sad fish, an angry fish, an excited fish, a happy fish, and so on.

The teacher asks the students to close their eyes and imagine the fish swimming around them.

Then the teacher says “Be the pond.”

Be the pond.

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The first time I read that story I was extremely impressed by how poignant a story it is for children.

It so perfectly illustrates the relationship between consciousness and thoughts and feelings.

Concepts like consciousness and emotions are often expressed in grand exegeses. This story cuts straight to the point. And it is so simple to understand.

The pond lets all the fish swim within it. It accepts all things with equanimity. It is calmness and compassion personified.

WHAT TO DO

  1. Get the children sitting in a group
  2. Ask them to close their eyes
  3. Read the story above
  4. Ask them to open their eyes.
  5. Say “Be the pond”
  6. Remind them that they are the pond that lets all the fish swim freely.
  7. Ask them to recite the mantra “Be the pond” 25 times.

This is a  beautiful story and an excellent phrase for meditation. It gently teaches oneness and compassion.

5: “I am happy, I am good”

One of the best mantras for kids is what I call the “‘ lil’ yogi mantra”.

It goes like this:

I am happy, I am good, I am happy, I am good,

Sat Naam, Sat Naam, Sat Naam Jee

Wha-Hay Guroo, Wha-Hay Guroo, Wha-Hay Guroo Jee

While singing this mantra the kids should shake their fingers up and down. I’ve shared a video below to make this easier to understand.

And that’s it, the four best mantras for kids.

I hope you find this truly helpful. Thanks for reading.

Please share so other parents and teachers can teach mantras too. Thanks.

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