Child's Mind, 2006

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.

 

Praise for Child’s Mind

"Child's Mind is a wonderful reminder that every young person is capable of great understanding, compassion, and joy."

--Thich Nhat Hanh

“Christopher Willard’s delightful book Child’s Mind makes the wonder and transformative power of mindfulness meditation accessible to everyone. His elegantly simple practices are a joy to read and will impact kids and families for generations to come.”

—Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and founder of Innerkids 

"Chris Willard is a thoughtful and wise teacher. This book is sure to help anyone interested in the path of mindfulness. When I was a lost and angry young adult this is the book I was looking for".

-- Noah Levine, Author of Dharma Punx

“I recommend this wonderful book to anyone who wants to help children develop into kind, happy and resilient human beings. The list of 100 things for kids to do mindfully is worth the price alone.” 

-- Mary Pipher, PhD, author of Reviving Ophelia

“If you’re considering how to bring mindfulness into the lives of children, this book is the place to begin. It breathes the sweetness of mindful awareness. The author offers a basket of skillful, detailed exercises designed to entice and reveal—never to be a chore. There’s something for every child, including those with special challenges. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be eased into the original wonder and delight of mindfulness practice, or who wants their kids to grow up savoring each precious moment of their lives.” 

-- Christopher K. Germer, PhD - Author, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

“This book is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and healthcare providers who want to share the benefits of mindfulness with children. The varied practices are presented with clarity and joy, making them both accessible and engaging.” 

-- Amy Saltzman M.D., Director Association for Mindfulness in Education

“Teaching mindfulness to children sounds great in theory, but really, how do we do it? This wonderful book, chock full of mindfulness practices adapted to children of all ages, is the answer! Christopher Willard offers us skillful advice, illuminating words, and a treasure chest of practices for schools, clinicians, and our own family’s kitchen table.”

-- Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education, Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA, and author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens

"As a parent and teacher, I am deeply grateful for Christopher Willard's book.  It is an important contribution toward making the practice of meditation an integral part of the school curriculum, and, more generally, toward raising healthier, happier children."  

-- Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., author of Happier 

"Child's Mind is an invitation to raise children who grow up relating to themselves, others, and the world around themwith care and compassion.  Parents and teachers looking for practical advice for teaching mindfulness to children will find it here."

-- Paul R. Fulton - President, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy