Sunday, May 10, 2009

Parenting and spirituality

Speaking of Faith (SOF) is my new favorite podcast, after Manic Mommies, of course. I love how the host says "This is Speaking of Faith, public radio's conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas. I'm Krista Tippett" in her smooth, bubbling, smiling voice. Okay, that's not the only thing I love about the podcast, but it's one of the things.

SOF discusses religion, spirituality, and such. It's rare in the world of religion podcasting to find shows that don't promote a particular point of view, but SOF does this. SOF is a show of exploration. It takes its time to really go into topics in depth.

This week, SOF re-broadcast a show with about parenting and spirituality. The premise is that children are innately spiritual; what is important is how we as parents respond to their questions and thoughts. This has been my experience with J. He thinks and talks about G-d all the time. Granted, he goes to Jewish day school, but even outside of that, he seems to have a very natural relationship with G-d and spirituality.

Here is a quote from this week's show:
"I think society does a very good job of teaching us how to be consumers and a very good job in teaching us how to be competitors. The question I think parents are struggling to answer is how do we not just teach our children's minds, but how do we teach their souls? We want our children to be gracious and grateful. We want them to have courage in difficult times. We want them to have a sense of joy and purpose. That's what it means to nurture their spiritual lives."

--Rabbi Sandy Sasso, in Speaking of Faith: The Spirituality of Parenting
Is your interested piqued yet? If so, go and listen to this podcast! Here are some great instructions if you don't know how to download a podcast.



Davida said...

Oh, I really love this podcast as well.....I have been listening for about a year now (and for a while almost obsessively). There were absolutely fantastic segments on Einstein early on (can be accessed through the webcast in the archives) -- I also liked the Eckhart Tolle segment. Adena, it is amazing to me that your son has the space and language and support to express and contemplate his spirituality -- I am trying to create that on my own up here but sometimes I feel I'm alone at it and it simply feels inadequate--

Leigh Ann said...

Ahhhh I LOVE THIS PODCAST! You can download pretty much anything from the archives via iTunes, my favorites are from Rabbi Sharon Brous and Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. Inspirational.
Also, your son is awesome.

Frogs in my formula said...

I'm a huge fan of Speaking of Faith. When my son was waking up at the
crack of dawn I would catch the show every Sunday. Now that he's
sleeping later, I haven't caught the show as much. As much as I cherish the extra sleep, I kind of miss
those early mornings. The show started the day off on a slower, more
peaceful foot.