Children and Juicy Joyful Integrity – Kids Who Get Emotional Freedom From Parents Have Juicy Joyful Childhoods and Lives
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi
It sounds simple enough. And so true, judging from the deep anguish that results when those three things are NOT in harmony. So why is it so hard to accomplish? What would possibly prevent us from making it our priority to keep those three basic pieces in alignment all the time? I have to believe it’s our conditioning – those layers we accumulate that make us need to conform, fit in, and put everyone else’s needs above our own.
I look at my gorgeous, lighthearted, eight-year-old daughter and I love the emotional freedom I see in her. The way she expresses her every thought . . . confidently, with the utmost conviction of her heart and soul. She may not be “happy” in every moment; but she IS in emotional integrity.
Whatever it is we parents do that gradually eats away at our children’s inherent capacity for emotional freedom, I hope I can minimize it somehow. I hope that my awareness and my conscious dedication to help my children retain that rare and beautiful attribute of emotional freedom will somehow result in less depreciation than is average.
Once again, my very best teacher is my child.