This is my first review for a product I have purchased on Amazon. I feel so strongly about it that I felt the need to write and encourage other parents to try it.
We have been using this CD daily for over 3 months. It has created an almost miraculous change in helping my severely anxious child learn to calm himself down. This book has literally changed my child's life. I feel like a proselytizer when I tell people about it, but I feel strongly enough about it that I don't even care. ;)
I have a young elementary-aged child with anxiety so extreme that in the past, it was interfering with him falling asleep at night. We would do the whole bedtime-routine, I would turn out the light and leave the room and then he would spend up to 3 hours walking in circles in his bedroom until he fell over from exhaustion. He simply did not know to "turn off his brain" so that he could sleep. We tried many different things to help him calm down: hot baths, massages, reading books until he fell asleep, etc. None of them really worked. Recently his therapist recommended that we try some "mindfulness" training. I had the vague idea that mindfulness meant focusing on gratitude, taking some deep breaths, etc., but I had no idea how to teach that skill to a child. I started looking on Amazon for books on mindfulness and stumbled upon this Book/CD set. I ordered it, along with some of the Indigo Dreams CDs and crossed my fingers that something might help.
When the book and CD arrived, I skimmed the book and was totally unimpressed. I didn't even bother to finish reading it, because it came across as dry and boring. But the CD...that's another thing. The CD has 11 meditations on it that cover a variety of situations, from general anxiety to sadness to not being able to fall asleep. And they are amazing. They tap into a kid's deepest thoughts and insecurities and needs in ways that kids can't even verbalize. They are...magic. For the past three months, my kid has been falling asleep on average within 10 minutes of turning on the CD player. There was ONE night that meditation didn't work, and that was because he was too worked up to use it.
The CD starts with a 9 minute introduction that teaches kids how to meditate. (They don't realize that's what is happening. They think they are just learning to "sit like a frog.") After listening to that several times, my child had a very clear idea of how the meditative process worked and how it made him feel. He wanted more, because the feeling was so good. Over several days, we worked our way through all the meditations. Now he cues up the tracks he thinks he needs based upon what he is feeling. "The Conveyor Belt of Worries," "Sitting Like a Frog," "The Secret of the Heart Chamber," and "Sleep Tight" are our favorites. We listen to at least one every day. And the cumulative affect has been much greater than just helping with bedtime. It has helped my child to be calmer all throughout the day.
In researching the affects of meditation on the brain, I discovered that there are studies showing through the use of MRIs that mediation can actually shrink the fear-portion of your brain and strengthen the higher-reasoning portions. This affect is cumulative; the more you meditate, the greater and longer-lasting the benefit.
I have recommended this CD to anyone and everyone I know who has small children. The life lesson of learning to be calm and recognize that "thoughts are just thoughts and they don't KNOW everything" sends an incredibly powerful message that I think benefits all children. I even gave our copy to my child's teacher so she could use it in the classroom, because she said that all the kids are struggling to maintain calm as we get toward the end of the year. Now I'll be purchasing a new copy for home, because we can't be without it. :)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Pap/Com edition (2 December 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611800587
- ISBN-13: 978-1611800586
- Product Dimensions:: 15.3 x 1.1 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Customer reviews: 325 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 20,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)