Greg March’s book, The Dog Who Chased His Tail, is a perfect platform for your child(ren) to dive into the art of meditation, using a fun relatable story to focus and quiet down a busy multi-tasking mind. Suitable for all ages, readers are introduced to calm-centered boy, Tanzan and his tail-chasing dog, Ekido. Ekido wants to stop chasing his tail (a metaphor for a mind with bouncing thoughts) and asks young Tanzan how to do it.
Through a demonstration using Ekido’s water bowl, Ekido comes to understand what happens when the mind is too full. The answer? A meditative breathing song that induces controlled breath with added visualization. At the end, Ekido is finally able to bring his wandering mind back to a state of calm.
After testing the book with a few groups, older children appreciated the fun storyline (especially those children with animals in the house), as well as the physical reminders to breathe in and out with a rising belly. Younger children enjoyed relating to energetic Ekido and acting out the story by pretending to be Ekido with their feet in the air! Parents will love this book for it’s simple and effective way to explain meditation, and the chance to connect with their child(ren).
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