When I was a parent of a young child, I longed to teach my daughter about meditation, intuition and how to live a spiritual life. In the nineties, there weren't many spiritual books for children. So a friend and I started a Sunday school class at our Self Realization Fellowship meditation circle in Los Osos, CA. Lessons were already written for us by SRF and that was wonderful.
At that time, it was hard to tell if the spiritual ideas were sinking in. Sometimes my daughter resented my meditations at home because it meant time away from me. I invited her to join me, reviewed how to observe her breath, which she would do for a short time and then run off to play.
Along with talking about and demonstrating kindness and compassion and other spiritual qualities, I also taught her how to stand up for herself and others when necessary and to face her fears.
One day I heard raucous sounds coming from my daughter's bedroom. I opened the door. Our male tabby cat arched his back, hissed and growled. Our shelty ran around, bumping into furniture, barking nervously. When I asked what was happening, my daughter said, "I'm teaching them how to face their fears, Momma, like you said!"
Even though you may not know what or if anything is connecting in those little synapses, share your spiritual values with your children with joy. But, always remember, it is most important to demonstrate them in your everyday life. That's when the real teaching begins. Besides, it's a good way to practice walking your talk.
Now that my daughter is 28, it is a dream come true to see how much she really did absorb during those precious early years. In this blog, I look forward to imparting more of what I know about intuition and how you can use it to improve your lives and later how to teach it to your children, so you as parents can experience the treasure of it yourselves and then pass it on. I also plan to review spiritual books for children on meditation and other topics. I love finding spiritual books for children and I am seeing more of them in bookstores these days...sweet, inventive, poetic, lovely ones for you and your children to enjoy.
Until next time,