Recently I’ve been wondering if it might be a good idea to introduce a little bit more, well, spirituality into the household. The children seem to be frenetic all the time, rushing about doing activities, playing quite violent games with each other and watching the constant noise which is CiTV. I think they need time to just sit and think about things. To appreciate quietness, and to think about who they are, their place in the world and so forth. This idea is often overlooked in life and I know whenever I take the time to sit quietly, gather my thoughts or go along to church or yoga I always feel better.
All of our children have been Baptised in Church and my husband has a fairly strong faith, I don’t understand quite as much about it all as he does, but I have in recent years been trying to learn more. Unfortunately attendance at church doesn’t fit into our regular routines easily, especially as it clashes with swimming lessons which I consider very important at least at the moment. I am also slightly skeptically about whether attendance at church on a regular basis would provide the children with a sense of spirituality and their place in the world. I suspect it might just provide them with boredom at this young age.
So how does one try to introduce this concept, which is essentially one which will enhance their well-being? I have thought about lighting a candle and asking them to talk a little about something that is worrying them, or that makes them happy and to start to get them to think about saying a little prayer as a way of expressing their concerns. I’ve also tried to start to explain to them through books, videos on the web and so forth that others are not quite so fortunate as they are. We have taken them to museums and have discussed other peoples faith’s and the reasons why its important. However, I dont think they have actually taken it onboard in the sense that it could apply to themselves. I wonder if I should look into taking them to children’s yoga classes or simply to spend 5 minutes every day just teaching them how to breath properly and relax.
What do you do? Do you think its important for children? I’d appreciate your thoughts and ideas.