Sunday, August 9, 2020

Spiritual Book Discussion - The Spiritual Child - The importance of nurturing a child's spirituality

The UU A Way Of Life spiritual book discussion usually chooses a book a month for discussion. This month, being the first book, the discussion will last two months: August and September. There is plenty of time to get a copy of the book and join our discussion below.

The importance of nurturing a child’s spirituality.

Our children have an inborn spirituality that is the greatest source of resilience they have as human beings, and we, as parents, can support our children’s spiritual development. Our parenting choices in the first two decades radically affect our children’s spiritual development in ways that last their entire lives. Natural spirituality, in fact, appears to be the single most significant factor in children’s health and their ability to thrive.

Miller, Dr. Lisa. The Spiritual Child (p. 6). St. Martin's Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

As a Psychiatric Social Worker with over 50 years experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse I have always been fascinated with the question , “What makes you tick?” Rarely these days do people respond with any reference to their interior spiritual life or their spiritual nurturance as children. If people do bring up religious training it is often a source of wounding and distress.

In  my professional training we were taught what is referred to as the “bio-psycho-social” model. Only in the last 10 - 20 yrs has there been more attention paid to the spiritual. We will get to the distinction between religious training and spiritual training in the next article, but for now let’s focus on what spiritual experiences and inklings you had in the first two decades of your life, and what spiritual experiences and practices you would like to encourage your children to develop? Who can help you with this?

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