“William Schafer suggests that children are born with three spiritual dimensions that we no longer experience as adults, and that many people try to reclaim through spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation” writes Deb Curtis in her best-selling book, Really Seeing Children. “ Curtis explains that Shafer describes the three dimensions as:
Presence: Approaching life with pure awareness, free from internal judgment, comparison, fear or desire.
Joy: A strong sense of being drawn toward something or someone in wonder, curiosity, and interest.
Awareness of others’ awareness: The realization that we are not alone, that others exist who are present to our experiences.”
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"Really Seeing Children shifts the perspective of observing children from a dull, burdensome activity that’s done to meet assessment requirements to a delightful, invigorating, thought-provoking experience where educators can’t wait to document and share the stories of amazing children. This book expands the early education field’s view of the value of the everyday moments in children’s lives and refines adults’ abilities to see the development that occurs in children’s play, relationships, and their environment."
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This is something I've long thought about, as an RECE and as Registered Yoga Teacher. Children are openly spiritual.Those of us who live and/or with children can see (if we are mindful and present), that they are openly joyful or sorrowful, are empathetic and live in the present. Adults spend big bucks to try to get these "child-like" qualities back.
As in Malaguzzi's The One Hundred Languages, our western institutions, schedules, and productive ways too often dismiss the essential human quality.
We do well to learn from the children.
Thank you for reminding us of children's spiritual nature. We need to embrace this and nurture it in children.
We have forgotten this aspect of ourselves