Childish spirituality - something for children and adults
Posted by John Smith on November 27th, 2019
Let children share their notions about the magical world, respect them and take their feelings seriously: these are all components of spiritual education.
Whoever observes children while playing in nature or talks to them about God and Creation, feels - they seem somehow closer to the cosmos. The first years of her life are marked by astonishment and the ability to open up the world at her own pace. Children explore with all their senses and where they are not enough, they trust in faith like a child and imagination.
Promoting childish spirituality has a positive effect on physical and mental health, according to studies. After that, people who are connected and feel safe in the world are more relaxed, more stress-resistant and more resilient.
You have a lower risk of depression, cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Empirically, it has been well established that spiritual children and adolescents are more desirable, less likely to become addicted or depressed, and more likely to be altruistic-loving.
Educating spiritually means listening to children as they relate their ideas about the magical world, respect them, and take their feelings seriously.
Spirituality in education relieves parents:
Joint nature outings, pet care, family rituals, praying and celebrating festivals together in the church, respectful and sensitive friendships - all of this promotes solidarity.
Spirituality in parenting relieves parents and gives them the confidence that they draw from a source that is much more than knowledge of things. And yet the parental belief differs from that of their children.
If children grow up, their idea of God changes. The strong man with a beard, who looks down from above, is replaced by symbolic ideas, such as God as light, as love.
The ability to feel connectedness, cosmic security, but can remain the same for a lifetime. Unlike children, adults can consciously start a meditative path, looking inward, thinking deeply about themselves and find somewhere a Childlike faith.
Today, the term spirituality is broader. It stands for the bondage of man with nature, the cosmos, with the social environment, all the way to humanity as one big family, and finally with a higher, transcendent being, in our tradition God. Children feel connected to nature and their fellow human beings and can easily believe in supernatural beings. Unlike adults, they can enliven their environment.