I thought you might enjoy a few parenting tips from Award-winning author Annie Burnside. Her recently released book, Soul to Soul Parenting—a 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award Winner and a 2011 New Generation Indie Book Award Winner—is focused upon spiritual development for both the parent and child.
In my heart, I know that all children are vibrant just as they are if we allow them to be fully themselves. On a soul level, children enter the earth dimension in complete understanding of their intended purpose and with the perfect spiritual tools needed to create from their unique vantage point. However, the process of life has the capacity to flow through an infinite number of streams to reach the glorious sea.
As parents we can assist our beloved children in the streams—which have many twists, turns, narrow openings, and vast expanses—by reminding them of a few things along the way. Ultimately, the sooner children come to remember and integrate the truth of their divine, eternal spiritual nature, the greater ease and flow of the journey, and therefore, their ability to offer their intended gifts to the world.
Ideally, beyond the basic physical offerings, the greatest gift parents can offer their children is to BE a clear mirror for them as conscious spirit-embodied beings who reflect back to them wholeness, self-love, joy, appreciation, empowerment, passion, truth, vibrancy and overall well-being in every interaction. Since most parents today are on the path to self-realization themselves, simultaneous spiritual development and self- exploration where parents and children mirror each other seems the best available option in our current times.
The following ten soul reminders and activities are written in kid-speak in the hopes that families can embrace them together to infuse greater spiritual awareness into the home on a daily basis.
Ten SOUL Reminders for Vibrant Children:
It’s Really SOUL-to-SOUL
It’s not really parent to child, doctor to patient, or neighbor-to-neighbor. Move beyond roles and experience a larger perspective of others.
Activity: Look into the eyes of someone and FEEL their presence beyond what you normally notice. The eyes are the windows of the soul. Through the heart, give them permission to be themselves, fully.
TRUST Your Vibes
Humans are energy beings first and foremost. Like a radio receiver, begin to sense energy on the front-end and move in the direction of joy, freedom, ease, flow and upliftment with all choices as much as possible.
Activity: Write down what a good vibe feels like for you. Write down what a bad vibe feels like. Share.
Your BODY is Awesome
The human body is very much connected to the mind and spirit. Create a deep and ongoing relationship with all aspects of your body through acknowledgement and appreciation. Initiating self-healing is always the first step in recovery.
Activity: Choose a body part and talk to it in your imagination with love and
gratitude for all that it does for you on a daily basis.
Everything Depends on PERSPECTIVE
The piano or the key, the tree or the leaf, the sugar or the cake, the ocean or the wave—your perspective depends on where your attention is focused. All perspectives are valid and multiple perspectives share the same space.
Activity: Create a few more analogies to exemplify perspective.
The Divine Paradox invites peace to prosper in an and/both understanding rather than in an either/or mentality. Individuation AND Oneness is one of the greatest of paradoxes, but they can be found in all life experiences.
Activity: What could you do for another to exemplify your belief in Oneness?
Shine Your LIGHT
The greatest gift to the world is the authenticity of each and every soul. The interior compass is the finest of treasures. Listen to the voice of your own soul.
Activity: What brings you joy? What makes your eyes sparkle? Create a “Love List” as fast as you can.
ASK for Help
The Universe has your back! Infinite guidance and support are available to all who ask for it. Choose to awaken to it and utilize it NOW.
Activity: Think about something that you desire help with right now and ask your soul, God, angels, and/or spirit guides for assistance. Let the Universe know on a daily basis that you are available, open, and ready for an ongoing relationship with Spirit.
The POWER of Soul Time
The interior world is just as real and valuable as the exterior one. It is extremely important to balance the two with equal amounts of attention, acknowledgement and appreciation.
Activity: Write down your favorite place for quiet soul time.
YOU are a Powerful CREATOR
Thoughts, words, deeds, priorities, beliefs and states of being create reality. Become accountable for your energetic offerings—both input and output. We are responsible for our own life.
Activity: Name one area in your life where YOU could offer more positive, joyous, appreciative energy.
THANK You, THANK You, THANK You!
Gratitude is a high vibration. More than simply saying thank you to be polite, feeling gratitude changes everything.
Activity: Hold an “Appreciation Blitz” in your imagination by appreciating as much as possible everything you can think of in your life right now.
Greater intimacy with our own soul will change our world. There is so much more occurring in our multi-dimensional reality than most people realize, but we are being called right now in 2012 to do deeper and wider in the breadth and scope of our
perspectives and perceptions. The world awaits our authenticity, our joy and our love…
Guest post by Annie Burnside M.Ed. A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside M.Ed. is a soul nurturer, award-winning author, public speaker and teacher specializing in parenting, conscious relationships, authentic living and spiritual development. Her book Soul to Soul Parenting won the 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award and the 2011 Next Generation Independent Book Award. She is a blogger for the Chicago Tribune and Modern Mom, a 30Second Mom Mobile contributor, and a columnist for Evolving Your Spirit Magazine. Annie hosts a monthly radio show on the I’m Thankful Network and writes guest articles for many venues. She resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and three children. www.annieburnside.com