children are our spiritual teachers

Dimof, Cheryl
May 2004
Mothering;May/Jun2004, Issue 124, p30
Children certainly can be teachers to all people. They often act as mirrors, reflecting both the positive qualities and, frequently, those qualities in ourselves that people do not want to own up to or accept. Children's rapid growth can be a reminder of one of the most important ideas that of impermanence. In searching, grasping for a path to help make the life more meaningful, one tended to separate things into the "spiritual" and the "nonspiritual." The spiritual would include such things as meditation, prayer, attending religious services or ceremonies, and communing with nature. The nonspiritual would include things like housekeeping, preparing meals, changing diapers. It seemed difficult to infuse everyday, mundane, repetitive chores with any meaning beyond the obvious.


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