Derived from Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents is a fantastic resource for both parents and teachers of children. Here is a summary of the spiritual laws, written in a perspective that children can understand and use:
Sunday’s Law: Everything is possible.
Today is the day of pure potentiality.
- Practice silent meditation (for children five years and older: approximately one minute for each year of the child’s age).
- Spend time in nature.
- Encourage children to see new perspectives and reach for new possibilities (example: a willingness to be open to the point of view of others and to not pass judgment on others).
Monday’s Law: If you want to get something, give it.
Today is the day of giving and receiving.
- Invite children to give one thing to someone else in the family.
- Inspire them to receive graciously.
- Share a brief ritual of gratitude for life’s gifts.
Tuesday’s Law: When you make a choice, you change the future.
Today is the day of karma, or cause and effect.
- Ask children to talk about some choice they made today.
- Show them how their future was changed by a past choice they made.
- Explain right and wrong in terms of how choices feel.
Wednesday’s Law: Don’t say no – go with the flow.
Today is the day of least effort
- Encourage children to find the game in at least one task.
- Reduce the effort it takes to accomplish something important.
- Look for ways nature has helped us.
Thursday’s Law: Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed.
Today is the day of intention and desire.
- Have children list clearly all their desires for the week.
- Teach children to release their desires for nature to fulfill.
- Pay attention! Teach children to be alert in the present moment, where all fulfillment occurs.
Friday’s Law: Enjoy the journey.
Today is the day of detachment.
- Ask children to talk about the “real you.”
- Show them that uncertainty can be good – no one has to have all the answers.
- Teach children to feel balanced about loss and gain.
Saturday’s Law: You are here for a reason.
Today is the day of dharma.
- Invite children to inquire about why they are here.
- Ask children to identify something they are good at, or to think about how they are unique.
- Encourage children to do something kind for someone else (service).
Children who grow up learning spiritual skills will be able to answer the most basic questions about how the universe works; they will understand the source of creativity both within and outside themselves; they will be able to practice non-judgment, acceptance, and truth, which are the most valuable skills anyone can possess for dealing with other people; and they will be free from the crippling fear and anxiety about the meaning of life.
There is only one spiritual difference between the innocence of children and the innocence of grown-ups: Adults are innocent with understanding – and that is what we are meant to impart, while retaining the pure, fresh, pristine quality that comes with true knowledge.
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Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old healing system from India..
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The Five Great Elements..
The same intelligence that flows in nature flows in every cell of our body; therefore, understanding the fundamental
building blocks of nature allows us to better understand ourselves. According to Ayurveda, there are five basic
principles, or elements, which comprise everything we perceive through our senses. These five elements exist both
within and without us. They can be described as space, air, fire, water and earth.
• The Space element (Akasha in Sanskrit) represents the open expanse in which everything is contained. In the
universe, space expresses itself as the vast emptiness that underlies the physical world. Within our bodies, space can
be recognized as the gaps between and within cells through which information flows.
• The Air element (Vayu in Sanskrit) is the animating force of life; it is present in everything that moves. Externally this
force is represented as the wind; internally it is the movement of breath, circulation and nerve impulses.
• The Fire element (Tejas in Sanskrit) is present in everything that generates heat, light or transformation. Fire expresses
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• The Water element (Jala in Sanskrit) connects and nourishes the physical substance of our bodies. Our bodies are
comprised of roughly 70% water, as is the planet itself. Internally our organs and systems are nourished by the river of our
plasma, our joints are lubricated by synovial fluid and our central nervous system is protected by cerebrospinal fluid.
• The Earth element (Prithivi in Sanskrit) expresses itself as solidity, mass and form. It is reflected in nature as planets,
mountains, rocks and all solid structures. Internally the earth element gives rise to our bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage.
Three doshas are derived from the five elements..
• The five elements organize themselves into three essential principles of life: movement, metabolism and protection,
known in Sanskrit as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
• These principles, which we can think of as Wind, Fire and Earth are the forces which govern every natural function, and
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principles. This explains why we each respond differently to the same stimulus.
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The Law of Karma: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. What we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.
I will put the Law of Karma into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps: