A “mainstream” effort on re-educating (with kicks & giggles) a new generation of children to T U N E – I N to their E M O T I O N S, to recognize the clever nature of the E G O and to shine L I G H T on Collective Unconsciousness…— feeling optimistic.
This one’s for the kids…AND the adults! Each heartwarming page provokes thought, insight, and smiling reverence for all beings and for each and every moment. That’s right…the now NOW!
This AMAZING and very FUNNY book conveys in the simplest, most accessible way imaginable a message of profound love of nature, of animals, of humans, of all life-forms. It celebrates and reminds us of not only the oneness of all life but also the wonder and joy to be found in the present moment, amid the beauty we sometimes forget to notice all around us…otherwise known as, pure, authentic NAKED TRUTH. Happy reading & enjoy!
My five-year old daughter and I were crafting a few weeks ago, painting a patch-work of vibrant colors, with the intention of writing something meaningful on top, once it dried. I was feeling very grateful in that moment, for that precious time shared with her, and so it seemed like an excellent opportunity to explore the concept of gratitude together. The photo above is what blossomed from it, “When you love what you have, you have everything that you need.”
The truth is, we all tend to get a little carried away from time to time with what we think we need or want, in order to be happy. Yogic philosophy speaks often of practicing an “Attitude of Gratitude.” Yogi Bhajan said, “So long as you are searching, you want to find. Whatever you want to search, you want to find and if you are not finding, you are in a pain, you search more and more and more and that’s what maya is. Maya is ‘Whatever I have is not sufficient, I want more.’ That is Maya. And what is divine: ‘Whatever I have is more than enough. Thank you.’ Once you have an attitude of gratitude your search is finished, the moment your search is finished your pain is gone.”
I read from these two books at bedtime regularly with my five-year-old and she LOVES them. It has been magical to watch her spontaneously put into action some of the concepts taught through these beautiful stories. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the naked truth in these pages. I highly recommended them!
Today’s children face challenges and obstacles far beyond what their parents ever imagined. In Buddha at Bedtime, 20 thoroughly modern retellings of ancient Buddhist tales give parents a fun, low-pressure way to impart wisdom and moral guidance without preaching. Each story highlights a moral or ethical dilemma that echoes those that children face in their own lives, providing insight and enlightenment that they can use to defuse trying situations. At the conclusion of each story, applicable Buddhist principles are discussed. Featuring engaging characters, enthralling adventures, and modern language that speaks to today’s kids, these beautifully illustrated stories can help children relieve stress, attain greater academic and social achievement, and enjoy a more positive outlook on life.
In The Buddha’s Apprentice, master storyteller Dharmachari Nagaraja weaves a thrilling narrative spell while at the same time conveying basic life lessons that will help children to develop their personality, deal with their anxieties, and find peace and confidence as they grow up. The stories explore themes from the Eightfold Path, which is Buddhism’s practical route to a happy life. Topics covered, with the lightest of touches, include speaking in a kind and truthful manner, behaving with compassion, thinking selflessly and avoiding the pitfalls of egotism. Although providing gentle guidance on the art of living well, which is the basis of true happiness, each story is also compelling in its own right, featuring characters, settings and events that every child will find absorbing. Each narrative concludes with an affirmation that helps to draw out its positive message, while the superb, specially commissioned illustrations will delight your child and provide a starting-point for discussion and further enjoyment. The helpful introduction provides insights into the value of Buddhist principles for children and shows how visualisation, imaginative thinking and even first steps in meditation can help to nurture young minds and hearts.