This is the time of year when we often think about peace and yet many times find ourselves stressed from holiday preparations and rounds of visitors.
Below are some activities that teachers can do with their students, and parents can do with their children, or that you can do on your own, in order to find a moment of spiritual awareness in the midst of chaos and focus on what is truly important in our lives.
These activities, loosely adapted from Nurturing the Spirituality in Children by Peggy Jenkins, are designed to take only a few minutes and to require only a few materials. They can be adapted to any age and size of group.
After participating in one or more of these activities, draw back and using the mediations as guide reassess the nature of the gifts you buy and the actions you take. For example:
Here are some books about extraordinary gifts to read to children of all ages:
We love hearing from you. Please share your thoughts and ideas for ways to refocus on what is important during the holidays.
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