This morning I was talking with my ten year old son Jordan. He was showing me the card he made for his mother for Mother’s Day. He pulled out this very creatively decorated card and then proceeded to read it to me. At the end he read “I love you Mom more than anything.” It was truly a wonderful card and I hate to admit it but just for a second when he read that he loved her more than anything I thought to myself. “Wow what about me? Well second place isn’t that bad.” It only ran through my mind for a flash of a second. And I was careful not to let that fleeting thought show at all on my face, in that flash of a second. But then he stopped and said “Dad, you know I love you and Mom equally.” I was blown away.
I told him thank you and that I loved him very much too. Then I told him, that was very thoughtful for him to say, and asked him where did he get that from. Where did he hear someone say that phrase “I love you equally.” He said from “Ricky, Dicky, Nicky, and Dawn.” He said the names rather quickly, so I had to have him repeat it a few times. I had no idea what this was. He explained that it is a television show. It turns out that it is a show about 10 year old quadruplets. who have nothing in common, are often fighting, but they must work together to solve everyday situations. But what got me was that I was just thinking about how powerful atmosphere is in shaping children’s lives. And I was thinking about it in relation to his growth spiritually. This was confirmation to keep working on keeping him in the spiritual atmosphere. For me this means having him around my meditation center and classes. It also meant to keep having him watch movies that depict spirituality, meditation, and life lessons.
I did the same thing with my older kids. I would take them to and show them any movie that had life lessons in them, or that depicted spirituality, having deeper connections and meditation, and then discuss the movies with them. I would ask them questions to teach them to look for the lessons in the movie, and then ask “how does this relate to life?” I do this with Jordan also. As a matter of fact we see almost every kid movie that comes out and he tells me ahead of time the dates the films are coming out. There are at least two out right now that we have to go see.
I also have to point out that we must do the same for ourselves. Keep our mind in the higher atmosphere, flooding it with powerful messages in movies, books, blogs, and conversations. These life lessons manifest and are reflected in how we adults think, dream, live and behave also.
Peace and Blessings
Craig Kimbrough for Positive Guru Blog