Each week of the curriculum I write here at Little Acorn Learning has a Caregiver Meditation for the parent or teacher. I felt this one is an important one to share with you. I hope it helps guide you as you do this very important work of raising and teaching children, who are the hope for our future.
This Week’s Reflection: Reverence
“We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching. That sense of sacredness, that thinking in generations, must begin with reverence for this earth” ~ Paul Tsongas
It is all too easy to get swept away with the hustle and bustle of daily life and lose the sense of awe, sacredness and reverence in the simple everyday tasks and events in our lives. When we are truly present with each task, with each moment – we are able to absorb its beauty completely and fully.
Something as mundane as washing the dishes can take on an entirely new meaning… it can become a process of gratitude for clean running water, its beauty, its life-giving nourishment – gratitude for healthy children and family who are with us to share a meal each day – gratitude for food to eat… for life itself.
When our children watch us treat our moments with this type of silent reverence and thankfulness, they too begin to capture the pure magic in each moment. We begin to live our lives with more meaning. We realize how sacred our earth is… our time in this place. We realize how sacred all living things are that we share this place with, no matter how different than us. We understand that the small things we do can reach far beyond our own lives and into a future we will not see. THIS is how as parents and caregivers we can change our world…. with our faithfulness in the small things we do each day. Spend time today slowing down and truly experiencing each moment. Try not to rush through to get things done but rather absorb each activity in its entirety and accept it for what it is.
Reverence was a part of every moment when I was teaching in my Waldorf kindergarten classroom.