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, Compassion, and Caring
August 6; Compassion in Action: Today is also Friendship Day, which is a perfect way to celebrate Compassion in Action. If we can speak to ourselves and others as a friend, we can begin to speak from compassion.
August 13; Accepting What Is: It’s our expectations that often cause stress and suffering. Accepting what is can be thought of as a way of honoring someone or a situation. This then allows the flow to continue and for us to move forward in a positive way.
August 20; Kindness Towards Ourselves: There’s a beautiful poem from Lao-Tzu explaining if there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the heart. Likewise, kindness to ourselves can bring kindness to the world.
August 27; Being Kind in a Cruel World: The Loving-Kindness Meditation walks us through the steps of taking the love in our hearts and spreading it through the world, even to people we find challenging. We will work on that ripple of kindness and love to be the change we want in the world.
Nurturing our youth to discover and express their unique spiritual gifts through love, acceptance, and Science of Mind principles.