Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam-packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought provoking and fun activities that would interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.
“Have I opened the windows of spirituality to my child?” is a question that often runs in my mind day in and out as I see children being swept away by the waves of Media and Internet. Being a Google mom myself, seldom do I surf on topics that would inculcate spirituality in children. Our minds are tuned in stereotyped ways that says ‘Spirituality has to be kept in store for the latter part of life, when you are left with no other choice!’
Having been inspired by the living spiritual Master Eckhart Tolle, I have now a completely different outlook towards spirituality. I am of the opinion that spirituality is not a concept/package for oldies, but ‘A way of life’ for human beings that need to be nurtured and fostered right from the time the baby is in the mother’s womb.
As a mother of toddler twins, I would like to share with you some ways by which we can help season our children with the flavor of spirituality, which will certainly inculcate a positive approach towards facing day-to day challenges in life.
Being Grateful: There’s a wonderful quote which says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Let’s encourage our child to count their blessings one by one (be it a beautiful ring or even a gulp of water when you feel thirsty). As parents, let’s say a small prayer before eating food thanking God for the wonderful meal that He has given us. Allow the children to be thankful to the trees for giving us oxygen and shelter. Allow the child to be amazed by God’s spectacular creation.
Seeking God Everywhere: In our childhood days, we were taught in schools and scripture classes that God dwells in Holy shrines in the form of deities and symbols. A truly spiritual person is one who is able to see the Divine everywhere and does not confine him to one particular place. Encourage the children to see God in each of his creations and feel his omnipresence. Occasionally, take your children to the beach early in the morning and allow the child to experience the impeccable vastness of the ocean, the sun radiating his vibrancies, engulfing the entire universe with love and the relentless sound of waves. Let us together experience that God is All-pervasive.