How spiritual awareness inevitably leads to kindness

Walking in spiritual awareness makes the world appear to be a different place than it was before. We see things more clearly, we hear our friends and family members more keenly. We understand ourselves on a deeper level.

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Powerful by Empire (ft. Alicia Keys and Jussie Smollett) should be every family's anthem

I wish every child would know, feel and believe the power of the words of this song to their core.

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My Spirituality and Parenting are Inseparable

For me, spiritual parenting means raising aware children who view themselves as part of the whole of humanity, who recognize that we are all one, and that everything we do affects others. It means being conscious of how our actions as parents affect the inner landscapes of our children. It means helping children be humans who want to better the world, who care about others, have empathy and are kind, and understand that actions have natural consequences both positive and negative.

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ANIMAL SURVIVAL VS. WE ARE ALL ONE

My animal survival instinct and my human ego tell me that my life (and the safety of my family) is more important than yours - but my soul tells me that it is not.

There I've said it. Is that raw enough? Doesn't that really sum up the reason that we consider going to war? That we kill each other in the streets; that we continue to fight over food, economic policies…over anything?

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REMINDING CHILDREN ABOUT SELF-LOVE

Have you ever watched a young child look in the mirror? They are mesmerized with what they see! They make goofy faces, smile and giggle…but you do not see them looking at themselves with criticism or derision. You don't hear many four year olds say my "nose is too big," or "my eyes are too narrow." Children do not learn these concepts until other people teach them to feel that way about themselves.    

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HOW BIG IS YOUR CHILD'S DREAM?

On October 9, 2012 a teenaged girl in Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, was brutally shot by members of the Taliban on her bus ride home from school. Her initial prognosis was not good, yet today she is thriving - walking, reading, and writing. While she still has more medical procedures ahead, the doctors believe she should recover without major neurological damage. 

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CONSISTENT PARENTING: HOW TO STOP FLAPPING IN THE WIND

Do you ever feel like parenting in the New Spirituality is a little bit like flapping in the wind? I mean, in Conversations with God, God threw out all the rules that told us how we can truly live!

The new constructs can read more like feel-good, motivational phrases than concepts: 

  • We are all one!

  • God talks to everyone, all the time!

  • There's no such thing as right and wrong!

  • There's nothing you have to!

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RESOLUTIONS: FAMILIES AND NEW YEAR'S, I MEAN NEW DAY'S RESOLUTIONS

Living a conscious life is interesting! Because you are more aware of life as it unfolds you get the opportunity to really know yourself, your life partner, your children and the other family members around you. It can also be a little bit of a contradiction of terms because while you notice more about your surroundings and the actions of others - you may, at the same time, choose not to react to those things in the typical fashion. For instance, you may consciously decide to take fewer things personally, let the more trivial things go (like tooth paste dripped on the counter, laundry that doesn't make it into the hamper, and coats that do not make it onto the hook), and work harder to find the positives in difficult situations. In other words, if you are living in the moment, you may make New Day's Resolutions every day, so New Year's Resolutions might seem silly to you. Instead, let's talk about making New Day's Resolutions.     

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GUILTLESS GIFT-GIVING

How do you feel about the gift buying season? Do you feel a conflict between a wish to shower your child with presents and your desire to be spiritual? Does that necessarily mean eschewing an abundant holiday? Can you find a balance between the two? Many of us enjoy shopping for our children; and while we are inundated with ads and sales enticing us to spend without limit we may start to question where buying presents, heaped upon presents, fits in with The New Spirituality.     

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MOMMY - THAT MAN IS BAD!" HOW A CONTENTIOUS POLITICAL SEASON CAN LEAD TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Spiritually-minded families often choose to be "awake," both, to society's challenges and successes. Your family may speak freely about helping others, how the world works (or doesn't), how war is not beneficial, and/or environmental sustainability. Children have a clear sense and understanding of the spiritual concept "love is all there is," so these topics are easy for them to latch onto and hold dear. What happens, then, when these spiritually-minded and socially aware families experience a contentious political cycle or a time of tragedy in the news? The news can lead children to experience  distress and, yes, even anger when they observe things that they don't think are nice, fair, "right" (within their own understanding of the words). They may even point out a politician or person in the news and say things like "He tells lies." "He doesn't seem care about poor people." "He doesn't seem like a nice person." (Angst is building…) "He is so mean!"  "Mommy – that man is bad!"    

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A CHILD'S LIFE OF GRATITUDE

Neale Donald Walsch said recently, "A master lives in gratitude at every moment." How can we lead our children to find their own, meaningful experience of a life of gratitude?     

In the US, the month of November is often a time to reflect on one's good fortune.  As we approach Thanksgiving, social media is inundated with "30 days of thankfulness" posts while many renew their attention to charitable giving and volunteering as an outpouring of their gratitude.

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