Millennials are the first generation in history with almost no attachment to organized religion. This doesn’t mean that the conversation about God is dead. It means that the conversation has opened up to include ideas from science, quantum and metaphysics, earth-based and mystical practices, energy medicine, and so much more. The conversation about God has exponentially expanded, and for some people that can be quite overwhelming.
Without organized religion dictating our home culture, a void is left that many people don’t become aware of until they have children. It’s also at this time, typically in our 30s, when we take pause to look up from the rat race of our careers and wonder about the purpose of it all. We cannot give our kids meaningful answers to their questions about life if we haven’t first explored those questions for ourselves.
Recent research is showing that children raised with a spiritual context for their lives are faring better in school, have less problems with learning disorders, and are less prone to depression. Those kids are growing up with more tools to handle the natural stressors that come up in adulthood.
My job as a holistic theologian and counselor is to help this new generation find their own spiritual guideposts. I don’t teach faith for the sake of faith. A true spirit quest will give you concrete answers, concrete Universal Laws to apply to your everyday life and answers for your children’s questions that you can say you have proven to yourself to be true. Proof comes not from a scientific double blind study in a laboratory, but direct experiences with your five (or more) senses.
If you’re looking to integrate spiritual practices into your parenting, the first step is to integrate them into your own routine…and then adapt those practices to be age-appropriate for your children. My job is to be a tour guide on the journey of meeting your Spiritual Self. Your children have forgotten less about God than you have, so teaching them will just be a matter of jogging their memory of what they already know and feel.
I was recently featured in an article in ParentMap on spiritual practices within family. Read more here: