If there is light in the soul,

There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

~ Chinese Proverb ~ 

Spiritual Connection

Connection is the essence of spirituality; connection to oneself, connection to others and connection to the sacred.  When we start to feel stuck, depressed, tired, stressed and/or frustrated, we have lost connection with our Self, our core.  We stop noticing the beauty in the nature that surrounds us, in the others we interact with, in ourselves.  We start rationalising, judging, criticising or blaming, either ourselves or others.  A deeper look inside oneself can begin to rekindle our inner knowing, our connection to the sacred divine in ourselves and in all things.  'Spirituality' simply refers to the inner meeting and connection with the Self, not to any organised religion.

Western society has a tendency to think of spirit as something disembodied, a part of ourselves  that is separate from our bodies.  In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.  The word 'spirit' shares a root with "inspiration" both the creative kind and the inhaling kind.  Spirit comes from the Greek word for breath.  By simply noticing and connecting with our breath we automatically feel more centred, more grounded and we feel a sense of 'coming home'.

There are many doorways that lead us back to ourselves, to feeling connected.  When we move the body and centre the mind, we can inspire the spirit.  Children can be encouraged to take notice of their breath and encouraged to breathe fully, especially when they are feeling stressed or anxious.  They often enjoy 'breathing games', like blowing bubbles, blowing up balloons, blowing a feather or table tennis ball in a race.  Children (and adults too!) love to move their bodies.  Whenever possible encourage periods of time to express their feelings through open ended activities like dancing (experiment with different types of music), skipping, tug of war with a towel, throwing a ball at a wall, karate kicking a cushion, pretending to be fireworks or contracting and releasing (like a star pulsating in the night sky).  Children also require encouragement to explore all their senses in nature.  For instance, digging in sand, floating in water, running or walking on grass or along the beach, exploring a rainforest, watching the sun rise or set, listening to the birds, smelling the earth or rain, watching the cycle of the moon.  Getting connected with ourselves and others can be a quiet meditative experience or an active playful one.  Children require opportunities to experience both.

A completion Mandala after deep inner work.  


If you'd like to know more about how to help yourself or a child you love, live or work with feel connected, check out our Parenting from the Inside Out workshop series, our personal develoment workshops or our training for child professionals.

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