While in Tucson, AZ, at their catechetical conference last week, I spent some time at a booth in the exhibit hall sponsored by The World Community for Christian Meditation. There, I found some very nice resources for teaching Christian meditation to children. The WCCM traces its contemporary roots to London, 1975, when John Main established the Christian Meditation Centre. It considers itself a “monastery without walls.” Recently, Bishop Michael Putney of the Diocese of Townsville (Queensville, Australia) has introduced meditation for children in the diocesan Catholic schools, pre-school to Year 12.
I personally picked up the following resources: Coming Home – A Guide to Teaching Christian Meditation to Children and Open Our Hearts – 9 Minute Meditations for Children.
I also purchased something I’ve wanted for a long time: a meditation chime! These are inexpensive and can be used to call people to prayer or to signal the end of group work or the end of a guided reflection or even just the start of class! It beats shouting to get attention! It is about 7 inches long and weighs less than half a pound.
Also, be sure to look at these resources for leading guided reflections from Loyola Press.