Guest Writer for Wake Up World
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Ann Landers
We talk of climate change, pollution, gender equality, and all those things, so that our children have a better world with peace, joy and hope. But in the midst of all this good talk about a good world, we are forgetting that we need to leave better children, better people, a better generation for this good world which is in the making. Well, we need to leave behind a generation which is of the heart, soulful and in touch with the deepest levels of consciousness, to make this world a better place for future generations to come.
As my almost-10 year old boy is growing up to be a fine young man, I find it very important to leave this world with a better humanity, a better breed, brought up in an environment filled with happiness and serenity, for him to co-live with. I find a need to bring him up as a man with a fine strength of character, and with empathy and humaneness as very important qualities.
Even Harvard and Yale are tweaking their admission process from over-achieving in grades to kindness, as reported by Washington post recently.
So a few basic thoughts to leave a generation with conscious thoughts and actions are:
Learn to Meditate and Teach Children to Meditate:
Learn how to meditate. Teach your kids how to relax. Relax your mind; give some food for your soul. I have been doing Heartfulness Meditation and I have felt immense serenity and balance within me to handle this world. It has given me joy and peace too. It has taken child upbringing to an entirely higher newer level of consciousness. Heartfulness Relaxation Technique can be practiced even by a child. (See the video below.)
- Why We Should Bring Meditation Into Schools
- Meditation 108: A Guide to Meditating for the Infant Practitioner
- Self Discovery – The Key to Real Education
Gratitude and Joy:
Give thanks to the food you eat. With so much talk going around in the world about poverty, organic foods and healthy eating, let us start with being thankful for the food we eat today. Let us say Thanks to “Nature” that we have this on our table today. And may our children see us doing that. May they learn gratitude, and may that lead them to joy!
- 15 Ways to Create a Sense of Gratitude in Your Life
- 8 Tools to Open Your Heart and Cultivate a More Joyful Life
- Research – A Daily Dose of Gratitude Encourages Health, Happiness and Vibrancy
Thought and Wisdom:
Think! Let your kids see you thinking, and break conventional thought patterns to create new practises, develop better attitudes and may your thought-lifestyle suit your needs. Customize your life to your needs. Be different, in various subtle ways. You do not have to be that hippie, or that ‘chase your dreams’ kind of person if it does not suit you. You do not have to be unusual in perceptive ways. You can be different by leading a simple life, with high thinking. That is wisdom. And may children imbibe your wisdom in the littlest wise things that you do.
- Radical Simplicity – Making Space to Thrive
- Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Brain
- Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway!
Freedom and Creativity:
Freedom and creativity are so closely associated with each other. Freedom of thought leads to creativity. And true freedom is the freedom to do the right thing.
With so much conversation and social media awash with opinions and expression of free-will, it is also important to be empathetic and creative in the heart, to other people’s feelings and needs. To express one’s heart in a loving and gentle way and to have that freedom of expression, tinged with love, concern and well-being for the brethren of humanity is important. True creativity is born that way. True creativity is born out of love, and the freedom to express true love.
- It’s Time to Unleash Creativity in Our Schools
- Adult Coloring: Creativity, Conscious Evolution and World Peace
- Grassroots Revolution Towards a Holistic and Creative Educational System
Be a Conscious and Spiritually Aware Parent:
It is the ability in a parent to bring out the child’s willingness to listen to his heart, and develop the courage in his heart to do it. Conscious Parenting means to develop the confidence in the child that no matter what happens, their heart would always guide them rightly. A parent is truly successful when the child grows up to be an adult who is fully content and satisfied with the way he has led his life and would reach his Goal.
- The Next Generation: Raising Children for the New Earth
- 10 Forgotten Spiritual Truths About Raising Children
- Practical Tips for Raising Earth-Conscious Children
About the author:
Purnima Ramakrishnan is a UN award winning writer and blogger. She is the editor of World Moms Blog which writes from 30 countries about motherhood, culture and social good. She was once a tech savvy Electronics Engineer designing fancy car electronics, but decided to quit it and follow her dreams of writing and discovering the joys of her heart. She is a practitioner and trainer of Heartfulness Meditation and through this has learned to find balance, peace and contentment in her everyday life.
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