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Magical Unicorn Meditations for Children

Submitted by on August 27, 2010 – 9:41 amNo Comment

The magical unicorn meditation CD for children is a great way to help settle children before bedtime.

Buy online at Lunicorn

Price £9.99

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Initial thoughts
: I’ve always been interested in yoga and meditation for children, and so I was intrigued – if a little cynical – to find out about the Magical Unicorn Meditations for children CD. This is a 30-minute CD that contains two unicorn-themed meditations for children, designed to promote relaxation, calmness, and confidence.  The manufacturers say this CD – which is available online through Tesco and various health and wellbeing companies – is suitable for all children, but it can particularly help children with behavioural issues or with disorders such as autism or hyperactivity.

We liked: I put the CD on at the end of a hectic day, and it was interesting to see that Flea stopped what she was doing (rolling on the floor and being a dragon), and listened. The meditation, which is a Scottish woman reading, backed by an acoustic guitar, asks children to close their eyes and imagine a unicorn, who then takes them on a journey. The meditation encourages children to think about imaginary places and experiences that, as an adult, you can see are helping to develop things like self-belief and happiness, and to visualise wishes coming true. It’s nice, it really is.

We weren’t keen: a recurring mantra through the meditation is “You feel safe and warm, and everything is FINE.” First, it got a bit annoying. Second, it just seemed like it was aiming a bit low – what’s wrong with great? Also, I admit, that I sniggered when the unicorn pointed to the magic basket of ribbons with his hoof. I know, I’m a bad, bad person.

Overall: If nothing else, this is a lovely calming story that I think will soothe children, and encourage them to use their imaginations. I think it would be great as part of the bedtime routine, or to calm groups of children after a hectic activity. And if you’re a believer in meditation, you might also feel that this CD might boost children’s self-belief and confidence.

[By Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]

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