Parenting as a Personal Spiritual Practice

November 24, 2018

Quote of the Week

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." --Peggy O'Mara

The Spiritual Lessons In Mindful Parenting

It's an evergreen topic at parenting groups everywhere. How do we "discipline" our children without resorting to physical acts of intimidation? Experts are using words commonly associated with yoga and meditation like being conscious, awake and mindful to connect, engage and learn from our children, not just mold them into the people we want them to be. A far cry from past generations that believed “children should be seen and not heard,” comes a revolutionary way of embracing parenthood. Here are four ways you can transform your most trying parenting challenges into spiritual lessons. [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
By: Shefali Tsabary
Stages: Birth onwards

"Written by Namaste author Shefali Tsabary, PhD, with the Preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and advance acclaim by authors Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Wiliamson, and others....this is the book we’ve all been waiting for.  This innovative parenting style recognizes the child’s potential to spark a deep soul-searching leading to transformation in parents. Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parent’s development.  Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey." --Maria Dismondy 

Be the Change

This week, try out one strategy for transforming a parenting challenge into your own personal spiritual practice.  Watch this video which discusses how parenting can be viewed as a spiritual practice.