When I finished reading Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth, I wasn’t sure what to read next. Making time for reading has enhanced my day and uplifted me. Sometimes it is a few minutes early in the morning. Other times it is for 30 min before bed. When I love what I am reading I seem to find ways to squeeze in a few pages here and there. I googled Deepak Chopra, an author whose name was familiar and stayed with me, but I had not yet read any of his books.
Through my search I came across The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success & Fulfillment by Deepak Chopra. I knew this was the book I wanted to read next! Before The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents Chopra wrote The Seven Spiritual Laws for Success. The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents was Chopra’s response to “thousands of letters from parents who expressed the desire to convey the principles they had learned to their children, along with questions about how to do so.”
Although The Seven Spiritual Laws for Success sounds very appealing to me, and I want to pick that one up soon, I decided to start with the one for parents first because my main focus the majority of the day revolves around caring for and teaching my young children. Reading a book with ideas for becoming a better spiritual teacher to my children very much intrigued me.
In my core, I believe having a strong spiritual foundation will help my children enjoy their journey and aid them in life’s challenges. You are what you believe. Believing in love and compassion, “the ability to feel joy and spread it to others” and the notion that you are here for a reason aids in achieving true success. Chopra “explains how to convey these laws to children, and how to embody them in age-specific activities each day.”
Reading The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents has taught me skills that in my greatest hopes I will be able to successfully pass onto my children. This is not a parenting book that tells you if your kids do ‘A’ you should respond by doing ‘B’. The book instead looks at the overall big picture of your role as a parent from which you find your own path. The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents greatly inspired me, and opened me up to new ideas that I not only liked but felt right in my heart. If you follow your heart I don’t think you can go wrong, only grow.
Thank you Deepak Chopra for sharing your heartfelt book and for your positive guidance and ideas!
Have a beautiful day, friends! ?
I’ll say goodbye for now with some of my favorite quotes I made special note of while reading the book.
p.45 “We put no pressure on them to achieve conventional success. This is our way of telling them that the universe cherished them for who they are, not for what they do.”
p.152 “Innocence is the knowledge that you can guide your children but never control them. You must be open to the person within every child, a person who is bound to be different from you. In innocence this fact can be accepted with a peaceful heart.”
p.153 “Thus to see a child with real love means to see this spark of the divine. …being able to look at a child as a soul embarked on the journey of soul-making.”
p. 154 “The most good you can do for yourself spiritually is to play your role as parent with total love, conviction, and purpose.”
p. 156 “When you can see past the role playing and still act your role with love and dedication, then I believe you are truly spiritual in your approach to parenting.”