GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011 - (Page 32)

Spirituality for grandkids 10 ways to nurture a sense of the sacred A by JANice H. WooD meditation teacher once told me that joy was the natural state of humans. He said that in the beginning it’s like our hearts are bright, shiny-clean mirrors. Then, once negative things in life happen, the mirror becomes covered by feelings of worry, fear, anger and jealousy. Maybe you’ve watched as magical, happy small children you know turn into materialistic kids who have lost their spark of individuality and joyfulness. The cult of ownership may be counteracted somewhat by attending church or temple, but I think mostly it’s accomplished by building a breathing space for kids just to be. Here are some ideas to help you create a space that allows your grandchildren to grow spiritually and develop a rich interior life. • Let them know there is something bigger than themselves. It can be called God, Spirit or Creator, or it can be certain ideals you hold, such as truth, fairness, social justice, kindness or honesty. Just don’t let your grandchild think they are the center of the universe. • Give your grandchildren the time to dream. Keeping them constantly involved in competition, sports, TV and video games robs them of their ability to think freely, to breathe and to relax. Being 32 GRAND Nov Dec 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011

GRAND - Nov./Dec. 2011
Grand View
Tips on Talking With Grandkids
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand Central
No More Questions
How Hip Are You?
’Tis the Season to Be Techie!
Cover Story: Golden Grandparents’ Rule #1
The Secret Guest
Spirituality for Grandkids
Stocking Stuffers and Beyond...
Have a Noble Holiday
Grandparents Survival Guide
Saving Pirate Ryan
Kinship Care Resources
Grandpa’s Dream

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011