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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