Monday, January 30, 2012

Peace and Happiness and the Children

In January for my Happiness Project I'm focusing on Eternity, trying to hone in what I believe in and practice more of my beliefs.  I'm not a believer of true organized religion, while my beliefs are rooted in Catholicism, I'm becoming OK with the fact that I'm separating a bit from the beliefs of my childhood and focusing on more the spiritual side of religion.

However, the one practice that I've been really focusing on this month is praying.  It's amazing how peaceful praying can be.  In the morning, when I'm in the car and driving I pray.  I can instantly feel a sense of peace spread over me.  It's a wonderful feeling knowing that there is something out there bigger than I am.  It feels good to be grateful and it's comforting to ask for help in times of trouble, regardless of whether the prayer is answered or not.  I did hear a great quote once, "All prayers are answered, but sometimes the answer is 'no'."  This ritual has started my day on a happy and positive note and it really sets the tone to my day.

But now I'm thinking of bigger concerns.  I want Isabella to have something to believe in.  I want her to know about God and Jesus.  I want her to understand the concept of being a good person, not because some old man in the sky will sentence you to burn in a fiery inferno, but because that putting good out there attracts more good to you.  How do I provide that balance to her?  I don't really feel comfortable sending her to Catholic school or religious education because I don't agree with all of those teachings.  So how do I provide that sense of belonging and of being part of something bigger than her while still staying true to my own beliefs?  How do you handle the religious education of your kids, regardless of your beliefs?


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3 comments:

Stephanie said...

Religious education in my house has been left entirely up to me...I'm afraid I need to step it up a bit!

mtendere said...

Religious education doesn't have to be about chosing a doctrine and adhering to it. I know that I grew up within a very conservative religious tradition, but knew early on that my parents didn't buy into all of the church's doctrines. The important thing is that we talked about it. They encouraged me to visit churches with friends and experience other traditions. I am now firmly grounded in a different denomination than the one where I grew up, but I value the education I received there and know it was important to who I am today. I don't know if that is at all helpful, but I guess the point is that, you don't have to be sure of what you believe to have good conversations with your chlidren and introduce them to religious concepts.

Eclipsed said...

Rebecca I don't know how you do it, but you always seem to get a light to turn on in my head. I can teach her about God and Jesus as a base for now and then grow from that later.

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