What are Some Ways in Which You Can Use Parenting as a Spiritual Path?

  • What can you do to bring yourself into your integrity when you are in a power struggle with your child?

 

Integrating spiritual principles into every area of our lives includes parenting. Parenting seems to be one of those black holes in our lives where we forget to be conscious. We get swept into unconscious power dynamics, coded into our unconscious behaviors by our ancestors. We must remember, however, that putting spiritual principles into action is the gateway to experiencing not only the holy, but the holy within our children.

Parenting is the hardest job I’ve ever had in my entire life. Bar none. No one pushes our buttons better than our children. They first learn how to move us as infants — communicating through their cries — and they seem to learn new buttons every year thereafter.

However, having a child has helped me to become selfless in a way that I could not have otherwise known. To have a child is to constantly stretch our comfort zone — without which we can never truly achieve self-realization.

 

What are Some Ways in Which You Can Use Parenting as a Spiritual Path?

What can you do to bring yourself into your integrity when you are in a power struggle with your child?

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Dan Messinger is the author of Holy Crap, a multimedia collection of spiritual tools that help you create meaning from everyday hassles.
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One Response to What are Some Ways in Which You Can Use Parenting as a Spiritual Path?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I could use the very act of my child's misbehavior (rude/sassyness – oh, I hate that!) as a reminder to breathe, to ground, to really FEEL in my body the tension. I notice that when I really FEEL my experience my anger and frustration go from intense to a softening (sometimes a tear escapes). Then, I'm in a better position to teach my child in in manner that helps he/she learn, rather than pony-up for a power struggle. Boy, parenting IS a spiritual path! Who would have thought?

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