By The Spiritual Explorer | Published 5 December, 2015
It’s that time of the year again where everybody is scrambling to buy holiday gifts for kids, and parents are seemingly overwhelmed by the enormous selection of possible gifts. Much has also been written these days how children because of the largesse bestowed upon them, have become entitled and spoiled, expecting more and more from their parents.
However, I am happy to announce a new enlightenment is dawning, where the broad stream of parents are awakening to the consequences of extravagant gift giving. Some of these more enlightened parents are making an effort to impart to their children a different foundation via gift giving; in fact, there is a move towards asking what would contribute to enhancing a child’s spirituality and morality.
With that in mind, I offer these holiday gifts for kids from Ma’s India that deliver inspiring, hopeful and contemplative ideals.
5 Recommended holiday gifts for kids
I have long been an advocate of starting the practice of meditation not only during the child’s formative years, but also during gestation. How wonderful it is that the child will have an experience of serenity and calmness to permeate their consciousness even while in the womb.
This particular CD is a beautiful set of meditations with soothing music and gentle sound effects suitable for children 3 to 8. You too as parents will enjoy this wonderful time with your children at bedtime. Truly wonderful holiday gifts for kids.
by Dharmachari Nagaraja
These short stories encompass the qualities of compassion, kindness, gratitude and nonviolence. Each story has a purpose, pictures and moral which are spelled out at the end of the book. It is an interactive book where the parent can ask their child what they have learned from the story. Bedtime is a remarkable time to share a lovely book with great illustrations with your child. This entertaining and educational book is a must-haves for your child’s library and great holiday gifts for kids.
By Mariam Gates
This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. Moving from “Sun Breath” to “Cloud Gathering” to “Ladybug & Butterfly” and more, readers learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being. This is one of my favorite holiday gifts for kids.
By Susanne F. Fincher
Coloring Mandalas 2 is not only a great holiday gift for kids, but also a creative activity that brings relaxation, healing and self-understanding. Coloring books are all the rage these days, even for adults. But Coloring Mandalas 2 has been around a long time for children.
The mandalas in this book aim to: • Help us understand ourselves and our place in the scheme of things • Evoke a sense of harmony, order, and fulfillment • Provide relaxation and a soothing balance for hectic lifestyles • Uncover meaning in the ongoing stream of human experience • Deepen our meditation • Enable us to experience the spiritual energy that inspired these sacred circles.
by Sanjay Patel
This book as representative of holiday gifts for kids was written by an actual Hollywood Pixar animator which probably explains why his illustrations are so colorful and realistic. There are many mythological stories to be commented upon, with ideas ranging from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles. Here are wonderful explanations of why Ganesha has an elephant head and why Kali is known as the “Black One.”
More than anything else, these holiday gifts for kids will bring a closeness and intimacy with you and your child as your read to them, play with them and join with them in extracting the veritable truths of honesty, playfulness and morality in any one of these books.
If you have a question about “spiritual holiday gifts for kids,” or anything else, you can write me at Ask The Spiritual Explorer.
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