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Spirituality and Children

'Out of the mouths of babes' - so innocent and trusting, sensitive and beguiling, children are as close to Spirituality as one can get. We need only observe their loving and forgiving nature, their truthfulness and inability to 'hold a grudge', and their pure, inquisitive minds, to realize their spiritual disposition. All too soon, though, their temperament changes and they learn spite, indifference and dishonesty. They become critical, ungrateful and full of their own self-importance.

Ironic, to say the least, we are born with admirable spiritual qualities, then the journey of life fills us with negativity, then we spend years attempting to reach the spiritual life that we were born with.

Unless we were born into an 'alternative lifestyle' community or on top of the Himalayan Mountains alongside the Buddhist Monks, our fate is sealed, for maintaining the spiritual attributes of birth is near impossible. The pressure of life encourages us to compete and succeed in a material environment, and those of us who fall along the wayside, are left to survive as best we can - a far cry from the spiritual splendour of our youth.

In view of the statement above, how do we preserve and maintain the spiritual magnificence of our birth throughout our growing life? Even if we have overly positive parents and we attend overly positive religious groups, negativity abounds - at school with other children, at work with our peers, at home with our extended families, and within our community.

We, as parents, can only guide our children to continue their spiritual birthright by emphasizing goodness and propriety, by constantly pointing out the results to both positive and negative actions, and to lead by example, that is, by walking our own spiritual path in whatever way that has meaning for us - yoga, meditation, prayer, and so on.

Of course there is the recourse of being neither positive nor negative and to exist in a happy state of self-realization, but for children, a positive stance is all-important for the cultivation and growth of their nature, and is a beginning that leads to this recourse.

Because we have a natural instinct to want the 'best' for our children, a spiritually, illuminated path is, and will always be, far more beneficial for them, than a material existence of negative conditioning.

Peace and Light

Amelia Robinson


About Amelia Robinson

I am the second eldest of five (all girls), and spent most of my growing years on an Orchard, where my father worked. Religion and Spirituality was talked about and sometimes followed, but not persistently. I always felt alone and try as I might, could never seem to find a relationship where I could give my love completely and not get hurt, until I had my children. My aunty once told me that I brought my kids up right because they love and that was the highest compliment anyone could say to me. Still floundering from relationship to relationship in search of 'true love', it wasn't until quite recently that I finally stumbled upon it - love for myself - in all its entirety ... more


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