Saturday, December 08, 2007

Working with children

I found this on the Meditation Society of Australia website:
When teaching children, we must never forget that we are all children in the spiritual life. There is no age, just souls traveling together. You would know to never patronize a child, they are just as likely to be far more advanced than yourself spiritually and almost certainly have more receptivity. Undoubtedly childhood is the most precious time of all for us spiritually, for it is the natural time of openness, spontaneity and joy, in short, a time when the soul is still naturally present.

See every soul as your brother or sister, a spiritual companion that we each will learn lessons from, love and laugh with. Many great masters have taught that the best cohort is a child of heart and mind. Remember that Jesus spoke a truth that all philosophies agree with when he said that we must become as children to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Take your responsibility as parent or guardian or spiritual elder, very, very seriously for it is a sacred, sacred trust that a child naturally offers you. On many levels, that trust must be extremely deeply respected. The worst crime that we can commit is a spiritual crime against a child.
I really agree with the instruction about never patronizing a child. Everyone is more likely to respond positively to respect than to condescension.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:00 AM

    I volunteer at a Headstart program for 3 and 4 year-olds. The teachers always thank me profusely, but I need to tell them that it is I who should be thanking them. I learn so much from those children.


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