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Children as Spiritual Beings?
December 27, 2019
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“William Schafer suggests that children are born with three spiritual dimensions that we no longer experience as adults, and that many people try to reclaim through spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation” writes Deb Curtis in her best-selling book, Really Seeing Children. “ Curtis explains that Shafer describes the three dimensions as:

Presence: Approaching life with pure awareness, free from internal judgment, comparison, fear or desire.

Joy: A strong sense of being drawn toward something or someone in wonder, curiosity, and interest.

Awareness of others’ awareness: The realization that we are not alone, that others exist who are present to our experiences.”





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Terry Kelly · December 29, 2019
Spirit Child Yoga and ECE
Toronto, ON, Canada


This is something I've long thought about, as an RECE and as Registered Yoga Teacher. Children are openly spiritual.Those of us who live and/or with children can see (if we are mindful and present), that they are openly joyful or sorrowful, are empathetic and live in the present. Adults spend big bucks to try to get these "child-like" qualities back.

As in Malaguzzi's The One Hundred Languages, our western institutions, schedules, and productive ways too often dismiss the essential human quality.

We do well to learn from the children.

Diana Hill · December 27, 2019
Child-parent-centers
Tucson, Az, United States


Thank you for reminding us of children's spiritual nature. We need to embrace this and nurture it in children.

We have forgotten this aspect of ourselves



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