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The Spiritual Child

From the category Two Minute Articles for Parents

Since spirituality is an intangible concept, there are many different ways of defining it’s essence.  It can be seen across a wide spectrum from a connection to tangible religious beliefs, to a philosophy, to a way of being.  At best, an agreeable definition of spirituality remains elusive.  The closest we can come to consensus on the meaning of spirituality is by looking at some consistent qualities that span all categories of definition.  To that end, there is universal agreement that spirituality is a belief in the existence of a singular source that connects everything to everything else.  Whether we call the singular source God, Allah, Brahman, Ultimate Reality, Divine Consciousness, or any number of other names for it, the concept of spirituality provides us with a greater context through which to view our lives.   Continue Reading

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Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

From the category Two Minute Articles for Parents

As parents, we instinctively try to shelter and protect our children from harmful events and negative people.  If there is something dangerous in their environment we remove it.  If there is something suspicious, we investigate it.  If something disturbs them we provide reassurance. Our tendency is to do the same thing when someone close to them dies.  We tell them it will be all right, and then usually say something like “your Auntie is in heaven and has become an angel that is now watching over you.”  Shortly after, our child may say that she wants to go to heaven to visit Auntie.  At that point we suddenly realize that in a child’s world nothing is ever gone forever.   Continue Reading

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