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Name: Lorraine Murray

Business: Connected Kids ltd, teaching children meditation

Industry: Children’s Goods & Services 

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Reason for starting: My mum tried to teach me meditation in my late teens which helped me survive a traumatic time in my late 20’s. I truly believe that meditation saved my life. I had been teaching adults meditation and felt that it was a life skill that we could teach our kids and teens to help them reduce the stress of life. I started in 2003 with my own therapy business and researched this area until I published my first book, ‘Calm Kids’, in 2012. This was followed by ‘Connected Kids’ in 2014 which helps people to teach meditation to kids with special needs and autism.

Related: Read about an entrepreneur helping kids and adults find mindfulness through yoga here.

How do you define success? Success is doing what you love and being with people who want to make a positive difference to the world. I am very fortunate to have both of these in my life and nothing gives me greater joy that empowering people with new skills to help their children (and them) find peace.

Biggest Success: We’ve sold thousands of copies worldwide of the Calm Kids book and this has supported an explosion of interest in our courses which I teach worldwide and online.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? Connected Kids book was a huge milestone for me as this book was a reflection of the voices of many experts in how meditation helps children and teens feel connected. I felt as if children with autism had been given a voice for people to see them for who they truly are.

Related: Read about an entrepreneur who is helping kids fall in love with reading here. 

Who is your most important role model? Thich Nhat Hanh had a huge influence on me along with the hundreds of students I’ve taught – they are all my teachers too.

Twitter   @meditation4kids

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