What lovely timing to have the first day of Advent beginning tomorrow, and to have our topic for Day Twelve be that of “warmth.” I recently wrote about warmth on All Saints Day, one of my favorite days of the whole year, but today I really want to expand upon this concept of warmth as an inner quality that we hold for children.
I see many adults who do not seem to be convinced that the world is a good place, or that the people around them are good. This can be particularly difficult to hold sometimes in this season of holidays and in gathering with relatives and perhaps even friends whom we might feel hold judgment against us or the way we are raising our own family.
Yet we must hold this warm and caring space for our children. Our beliefs and our moods penetrate our children, and giving a child a “Christmas mood” year round is a fundamental foundation for the small child. Our ability to cultivate and hold this mood should come back to the work we do in our religious and spiritual path. Continue reading