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Religions 2017, 8(12), 261;

How Children Describe the Fruits of Meditation

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Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 24 November 2017 / Accepted: 26 November 2017 / Published: 30 November 2017
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Using an interdisciplinary approach and a phenomenological, hermeneutic, mystagogical methodology, this paper explores how children describe the deep fruits of meditation in their lives. Seventy children, aged 7 to 11, from four Irish primary schools were interviewed; all had engaged in meditation as a whole-school practice for at least two-years beforehand. The study sought to elicit from children their experience, if any, of the transcendent in meditation. It concludes that children can and do enjoy deep states of consciousness and that meditation has the capacity to nourish the innate spirituality of the child. It highlights the importance of personal spiritual experience for children and supports the introduction of meditation in primary schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: meditation; children; spirituality; silence; benefits; fruits; nourish; true-self meditation; children; spirituality; silence; benefits; fruits; nourish; true-self
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