Meditation & Health #13-Welcome Home
Today’s youth challenged by stress and distractions which impacts their ability to achieve success and happiness in Me. Success is not all about overworking and overscheduling. The heart needs to be nourished by celebration, creativity,laughter, pleasure and beauty. These are the seeds of love that have always existed and are found in the dharma on compassion. The heart’s sweetest blessing is the realization that what a person needs most is love. To raise a healthy, loving and creative being takes a constant supply of love in the form of nourishment, attention, guidance, support and play. Author Joyce Maynard wrote: “lt’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”
We hope you will find the stories and articles in this issue useful and inspiring. Reflect on Grandmaster JinBodhi’s sage advice on parenting challenges. Build a child’s confidence by cooking with them; Chef Barb Finley’s recipe is healthy and kid-friendly. Learn how to keep your bones healthy and strong so you can enjoy years of activities with your children. After reading Melia McClure’s article on the power of music, you will have a new appreciation for the wellness it brings us.
Keep in mind that all sentient beings are equal the next time your child or grandchild wants your attention. Focus on them, as in meditation without differentiation. Encourage them. Listen to them without judgment. Be kind and accepting. Laugh at a shared joke. Try to discover their potential and have confidence in them always so they will achieve what they cherish in their life. Instead of criticizing children (or adults), ask how you can help. Practice small acts of kindness ard generosity, without hope of reward, but from an open heart, like the spiritual travelers of the Silk Rood. These acts of love ripple into the world in unexpected ways. Each small act, like a gift from the Universe, makes a difference.