The most carefree period in life is childhood. Or is this simply a myth we adults perpetuate to feel good about the choices we make for our little darlings?

The fact is that children experience many fears: fear of the dark, fear of monsters, fear of abandonment, fear of the future, fear of not being good enough, and even the fear of disappointing parents who they love unconditionally and yet, rarely understand.

Teaching children the skill of meditation, to find silence within, to focus on one thought, sound or breath at a time, will guide them to stay in the moment where they are safe, and to a place they have greater power and control over their lives.

Although meditation was originally meant to nurture a person's spiritual well-being,our modern generation is largely interested in its relaxation and stress-busting benefits. I say it's a great introduction to mindfulness. And an even better start to learning about happiness.

Google "meditation for kids" and the list of noted schools for higher learning, respected wise and learned souls, and even the Dalai Lama himself espouse the many wondrous benefits.

"If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world in one generation".

Such is the vision of wishful thinking.

It would be lovely to think that meditation is an elixir for all that is difficult in life to counter the emotional, pyschological and physical challenges we encounter. But not trying doesn't help either.

Search out what works for you. Books, classes, internet, friends, all provide information

Sometimes all the ohmms in your world won't be enough. And sometimes staring at flickeing flames or crashing waves will. Maybe a new breathing technique might be your thing.

All you need is to find a few minutes in your day to teach your child about inner strength or peace or whatever it is you feel silence offers. If it becomes routine, like brushing your teeth, the blessings will come.