Introducing Children to Gunas

This morning as we were driving to school we had a great example of the different gunas.  One son was bright, extroverted, chatty.  One was dull, lethargic and bored, and one son was calm, peaceful and content.  A perfect physical manifestation of the three  gunas. Continue reading “Introducing Children to Gunas”

Go towards the problem

My son hit 9 years old and started behaving like a teenager.  Surly, moody, aggressive.  I wanted to not be around him, but that made him more agitated.  Strategies that previously worked to motivate and encourage him were greeted with ‘that’s not worth it for me, Mom’!  I was horrified, and frustrated. Continue reading “Go towards the problem”

What to pray for?

Wise people never pray for specific things, because they know ‘that which is not destined to happen as a result of fructifying karma will not happen.’ Inquiry into Existence’, James Swartz

With this in mind we could teach our children to pray for the chance to make a contribution to the field, for an intellect that can understand who they are, and for gratitude for what they have.  Continue reading “What to pray for?”

Surfing the vasana

A vasana is a habit or tendency that has developed over time.  The thoughts we think, actions we take, and how our lives unfold are largely driven by our vasanas.  The person’s challenge is to develop helpful vasanas (uplifting socializing, healthy eating, positive hobbies) and reduce the pull of unhelpful tendencies.  Children can be taught these principles and in that way at least start to notice how they behave and the effects on their lives. Continue reading “Surfing the vasana”

What is God?

Helping children to understand the concept of ‘God’ in nonduality terms can be challenging.  It’s pretty easy to think of God as a large Man in the sky to whom you pray. That’s the prevailing western ‘knowledge’.  Correcting this notion is the bedrock of nonduality. Continue reading “What is God?”

Make homework ‘special time’

Instead of viewing homework as a necessary evil, try changing your mindset and view it as a special time with your child.  Find a quiet space (we do homework in their rooms) and let the other children know that they are not to disturb you – they are likely to oblige as they will want their own undisturbed parent time too. Continue reading “Make homework ‘special time’”