Those are fine words and a really great song, but how does one do that exactly?
It starts by understanding that a person is composed of four bodies; the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Traditional American education has only addressed the mental, and to a slight degree, the physical. Even then, there wasn’t so much a concern for physical fitness, but as grooming grounds for future college and professional athletes.
To make matters worse, the system itself was, and is, torturous to the emotional body. Children are pressured and peer tortured and ostracized and isolated and ridiculed and belittled and called names and labeled and physically assaulted – and that’s just by the other kids.
Then the teachers and administrators get a hold of them and they are measured, tested, quizzed, compared, evaluated and graded.
They are reprimanded, warned, suspended and expelled.
They are expected to stand in lines, raise their hands and ask permission to use the restroom.
They worry if they will get asked to dance or be picked for a team or if they will ever get the courage to let the cute guy know they like him.
They stress over homework loads that are not coordinated between teachers. What if we accomplished all the teaching – and all the learning too, during school hours, and maybe have more hours and more flexible school hours more in line with modern parental work schedules?
So how do you address the child’s emotional body? I’m sure there are a great many books on the subject, but I am flying blind here. I’m just going to go with my instincts.
To begin with, you begin young. Ideally every child would spend the first four or five pre-kindergarten years with an at home parent and start pre-school at age three or so.
I like the idea of having the employee classification of grandmothers and grandfathers. The grandmothers would probably be a little busier working with the younger kids. She would provide emotional support, kind words, a warm hug, a comforting lap. The grandfathers would council the troubled ones and the not troubled ones and encourage positive direction. All would strive to get to know every child. Grandparents could be any age, as it is more important that they have a temperament that is kind and compassionate and wise, and whom children feel comfortable with. There are a lot of old souls in young bodies these days.
Bullying and peer pressure would have to go. I think that could be helped by having more adults around. My ideal school would have as many counselors, child psychologists and behavioral therapists as required. I don’t know if there are programs already developed to teach children empathy, but if not, it is something that needs to be done. I have heard of individual lessons that teachers have taught to encourage it, but we need a massive K-12 empathy program that addresses inter-actions between people and people and people and animals. If we were successful in the early years, the later years might not be needed.
I like the positive approach. The carrot rather than the stick. The honey over the vinegar. Kind and encouraging words.
A varied curriculum tailored to each student.
As far as the physical body goes, why not encourage them to dance? To frolic and act silly! Teach them yoga. Let them swim. Make sure they get some sun. Let them move their bodies in whatever way they like.
The mental body I am going to assume you already know how to do, I just suggest you re-evaluate every textbook and method you use.
And then we get to the spiritual body. A body many of you don’t even believe in, let alone want your children to learn about.
It is your oldest body.
It is the body that never dies.
It is your most important body.
It gives your physical body life.
It is as complex as infinity and as simple as one.
It is within you and without you. Above you and below you.
It is the mover of mountains and the builder of Creation.
It is a vehicle used to journey to the stars.
It is the answer to every question.
It is the stillness in the storm.
It is you on the throne of your divinity.
It is your shining armor – a battle shield of light.
Some children grow up in an atheist’s home and become evangelists. Some children grow up in religious homes and become atheists. When will parents learn that their children will decide for themselves what to believe and how to feel? If a child yearns for things unseen, who are you to stop their search? If a child has no desire to learn of things unseen, who are you to force them? I say let the child decide. There are a wide variety of meta-physical practitioners to choose from. I would suggest a wide variety for the children to choose from.
Written by Melinda Siebold. I welcome the free sharing of my messages as long as they are not altered in any way, and this notice is included. To read more of my work, go to 144000.world