YOUTH PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Children are not “empty vessels,” but full expressions of Spirit waiting to be revealed. At Center for Spiritual Living we teach our youth to believe in themselves and trust their own intuition and wisdom. We provide them with a safe and nurturing environment to explore their spirituality and to gain a foundation of values using Science of Mind principles. We encourage our youth to develop a personal relationship with Spirit through the practices of:
•Arts, Crafts and Music
•Service and Community
Science of Mind principles form the basis of our youth curriculum. We teach children that Spirit manifests in and through all of creation. They learn how they can interact with Spirit as a co-creative partner. Our youth program present great ways to grow and nurture the innate curiosity and keenness that exists in our youth. Key principles taught at CSL are:
•Life Skills and Strategies
•Making Good Choices
•Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem
Nursery (Newborn to 3 years)
We provide childcare service for infants and toddlers. We believe seeds of spirituality can be planted even in the early years. Our volunteers provide a loving environment for babies and toddlers that supports their natural creativity.
Youth (4 to 12 years)
Our youth classes are all about learning in a fun and loving environment. We teach children to form an inner connection with Spirit. We work with them to develop character traits such as compassion toward others, creativity, respect and integrity.
Our teen program focuses on teaching them to understand their unique ability to create their own experience. As their bodies go through changes, so do their minds. We encourage and teach rites of passage into adulthood so they can make the transition from child to adult smoother. We also incorporate the use of technology and apps for smart phones to help them develop a daily spiritual practice.
Love as Safety
October 1 – We Belong to Each Other When it’s hard, when someone is not being nice, when someone is challenging to be with or around, can you love anyway? Hurt people hurt other people, so can you love them anyway because you realize we belong to each other?
October 8 – Undefended Love Can you let yourself be loved? Can you lower your defenses and let others in?
October 15 – Fear of Intimacy We all want to be seen, heard, and understood. We all want that intimacy, yet at the same time we fear it. Being vulnerable takes courage.
October 22 – The Perfect Relationship What is “perfect”? Do we put standards of perfection on our relationships? Let’s learn to love ourselves and others just as we are.
October 29 – The Love that Lives Within There is a power and presence always available to you. It lives within you waiting to be expressed as you.