Follow your heart

Written by Amie on November 23, 2008 – 1:23 am -

This is the main lesson that I want my kids to learn. I want them to feel the joy when they follow their own hearts. If they can learn this “lesson” early, they will succeed in anything they want to try. If the experience doesn’t work out, they still succeeded, because they followed their heart. That inner compass never steers us wrong. IF we choose to listen to it, and IF we have the courage to follow it. Since I am a person that loves collecting quotes, I am going to add another one here. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~Buddha~

I really don’t care if my kids learn algebra, history, or anything else that has a label in school. I want them to learn that they are their own guru. They always have the “right” answer inside. They carry around everything they will ever need to know. We all do. Every answer is right inside of us. Two people can ask themselves the same question and they can receive two different answers. And they are both the “right” answer. Had I known this when I was growing up, I would have trusted that inner voice a lot more. In all honesty, I had no idea that there was even a voice in there trying to help me. It was suppressed along with everything else. So, I learned to look outside of myself instead of going within for my answer. Not an easy way to go. I want to support my kids on their journey of discovering that they have that voice in them at all times, nobody can take that away. If we listen to that voice, it will nurture us, it will be there for us every time, it will support us in everything, it will love us, it will tell you how special you are. It is the voice of unconditional love for yourself. No matter what is happening on the outside, there is always the one voice that is there every single time telling you that you are special.

I want to nurture this in my kids. I want to be there with them as a partner in their lives. Someone who they know they can trust, someone that loves them unconditionally. I want to nurture the part in them that will help them to learn to listen to that voice. There is no doubt in my mind that they will learn everything they need to learn in order to have a joy-filled life. When they follow their heart, joy will follow.

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