How do we teach our children to live in the world we live in today?
I usually write about food, recipes & how to get your kids to eat healthy. That’s all great but in light of all that’s going on in the world my thoughts these last few weeks have shifted. My thoughts have gone from how do we feed our children in the world we live in, to how do we teach our children to live in the world we live in?
I’ll admit I don’t watch the news I cancelled cable a long time ago to both save money and rid my mind of any extra unnecessary negativity. I’m still on Facebook so I see the posts, videos and pictures of what’s going on.
There’s a lot going on. A lot of hate, violence & separation going on in the world right now. So what do we teach our children? Do we teach them history? Even history has many different sides to it.
Do we teach them to march on the streets for justice? Do we teach them that one group is better or worse than the other? Do we teach them that cops are good or bad? Do we teach them that black people are good or bad? Do we teach them that you should judge an entire situation based on a video clip? Do we teach them to hate a certain group of people because they may be terrorists? Do we teach them that one religion is superior to another? Do we teach them that our beliefs are the only way? Do we teach them to choose a side?
What do we teach our children?
Can we teach them love? Can we stop and respond with love instead of hate?
Two weeks ago I attended the Jacob Javits center and spent the night there waiting for a hug from a woman I didn’t even know. Her name is Amma. She is the “hugging saint”. Her story is amazing and her love is infectious.
Hours before I attended the event a situation in my own life arose and I didn’t respond with love at all. I even walked into this spiritual event with anger in my heart. What I learned was how powerful love is. As Amma walked on the stage a level of peace arose. I went from being uptight and angry to feeling so calm and peaceful I wanted to put my head on the persons shoulder beside me and sleep. For those of you who know me and know my temper you know that’s powerful.
This made me think about all the hate that’s going on in the world right now. And it made me realize that we need to respond with love.
Is this not what the great Teachers have taught? Mohammad, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna. Why has my Facebook feed been filled with posts that add to the hate or remind us of the violence? This brings division. Why are people constantly posting videos on people beating each other up? Is there not enough violence in the world that we have to add more or remind each other of it? The news is doing a great job of it already.
Where does love come in? For everyone out there that preached Gods love every other day, quoting bible scriptures or posting positive affirmations where is the light now?
Do you want to add to the tension? Did Buddha not say be the change you wish to see in the world? Did Jesus not say treat others as you would like to be treated. I may be paraphrasing here but these were the teachings of the great masters we follow now.
My question is where is the love? Where do these powerful teachings come in?
Are they only good on Sundays or when we’re on our Yoga mats? Are they only practiced when things are going good and the world around us seems nice?
That’s not really when love & light are most needed. We need to shine our light in the darkest times. When things seem bleek.
How will our children know love if we don’t teach it to them? There are enough videos & pictures out there showing us whats wrong and what needs to be changed.
Energy is infectious.
It was the great Dr.Martin Luther King that said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. He also said “ The time is always right to do what’s right”. Be the change you wish to see. If you want to see peace, BE IT! If you want to see love, BE IT! This is what I’m working on in my own life and it’s not easy but, it’s powerful.
What’s going on in the world is not a black or white thing it’s not a terrorist thing. It’s a lack of love thing. If every terrorist was filled with love, blowing up a building or killing someone would not even cross their mind. If everyone loved how could there be hate?
So how do we teach our children to live in the midst of the world we live in today? Instead of teaching them to take sides can we teach them the simple act of love?
In the midst of all that is going on I send you my love and light. I truly care about you. Not just what you eat but also that you know you are loved.