Our 2nd day of camp and the youth are enjoying themselves. Our morning started with Hatha Yoga. It was Dandapani’s turn to teach the girls and Muni’s turn to teach the boys. Immediately after Hatha Yoga we did 20 minutes of guided meditation.
The meditation that I (Dandapani) conducted was structured in a way that it would keep the interest of children while still teaching them how to visualize and feel plus move their awareness through various areas of their mind. More than half the girls class were able to stay concentrated through the whole meditation and get to know the inner realms of their mind. It was an inwardly rewarding morning!
In my class today we continued our study from the book “Gurudeva’s Toolbox for a Spiritual Life”. The topic today was about marriage – exploring the areas of arranged or assisted marriage, inter-racial marriages, same and mixed religion marriages.
We also continued the exploration of the topic of “Hindu Parenting”. This has been by far the most liveliest topic of the camp. Advice on good Hindu parenting by children….now I’ve heard some amazing insights and solutions to good parenting today. Perspectives from 1st generation American born Hindus. These children have shared insights and solutions that are fair, just, wise and loving. We are compiling these thoughts and will share them with you soon. But I’ll leave you with one piece of advice from a young camper.
Dandapani: “Can anyone give advice on good Hindu parenting methods?”
Camper: “Parents should not get angry with their children.”
Dandapani: “Ok. If parents should not get angry with their children, do you have an alternate solution?”
Camper: “Thoughtful reasoning!”