We talked to our kids about souls

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  1. This is a beautiful post!

    I love your photos. So much beauty and life within nature. I also find it incredibly heartwarming to read about the bonding experience and the active memories that you’re creating and cultivating with your family.

    Children have such beautiful and infinitely curious minds. I think it’s wonderful how you were dedicated to finding a detailed explanation to ensure that your son understood instead of brushing off the topic.

    Have a great day!

    -Tallulah

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  2. I enjoyed reading about the conversation you had with your child on this particular topic. We’ve had similar conversations in our home. My wife is Hindu and I’m still recovering from my Catholic upbringing. Given that Hindu’s don’t believe in hell I took on explaining that concept to my kids. We exposed them to the singular concept that flows through all of Hinduism — that there are many paths and everything (not just living things) is connected. Toss in some Stars Wars Jedi quotes, and articles on genetics, quantum mechanics and computer science and you might understand how complicated the discussion became.

    Kudos to you for helping your sone work through it.

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  3. Wonderful photos.

    Everybody is going to feel strongly about their belief on your topic. When I was in college I took a course called “world religions” at Seton Hall University in South Orange New Jersey. I got perspective on how every religion views the soul and God. But when my kids asked me the same question I had to defer to my priest because I had a real difficult time explaining things to them. One question lead to another and I figured he was better equipped to answer than me. Kudos to you for taking on such a difficult conversation with your kids. 🙂

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  4. This is so beautiful, I felt my own soul hum as I read this. That feeling of being lost in the mountains and that curious connection with nature can even make the most sceptical person question everything your son did. Perfect 🙂

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  5. What a great energy your family has @Butterfly Mind. Your kids will grow up to very opened minded to many aspects of life which is extraordinary. Not many kids will gain wisdom like these kids have.

    Everything around us is LIVING information no matter what type of energy “things” are.

    NAMASTE!

    P.S GREAT PICS!

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  6. It’s sounds like you and your son were really sharing a special moment. He was clearly feeling very connected to himself and to that incredibly inspiring and beautiful nature you were lucky enough to experience there – and from there connection with everything. I love your photos – this place looks totally gorgeous! I’d love to visit it one day. We talk to our children about the fact of soul, spirit (two very different aspects of us – the spirit is the separated aspect of the soul and stubbornly resists it) reincarnation (we have had many, many lives) and the fact that everything is energy, all of the time. In fact most days don’t go by without reference to the choices we are making and the energetic consequences of them. It is a dialogue that is natural as what we talk about aren’t ideas but are deeply felt responses that come from the inner heart and body and in that connection there is a knowing that is not based on faith but on lived experience.

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  7. Nice picture! I love nature and I find so much peace when I get to visit, but I just wanted to share the reason why some of us see plants or animals as living things and not necessarily as living beings its just because of the fact that they don’t have a much of a say. They live by natural instincts which does not give them the ability to make decisions for themselves like living beings with a “soul” can. It is a privilege to be at the “top” of the “food chain” and we are responsible to look after and care for our plants and other living things.

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  8. Reblogged this on mycaren and commented:
    “Are trees living things or living beings?” A question of 9 years old boy.
    I love all green nature, but never ever think about it.
    A great question and great answer.

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  9. Loved that you cared less about a right and wrong and more about him trusting how he feels, learning to listen to that young, pure, innocent and discerning voice in his heart early can only help him as he grows.
    Good job. And i feel certain every living thing has some kind of relationship with its creator, some kind of spirit or essence…very refreshing.

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      1. Hey, its fine with me if the “trees” creator is atoms, molecules, physics and nature. Ultimately we are all made of the same basic components. By emphasizing “we” I implied that id like to rsise my children to be anle to hear other peoples truth and not feel compelled to argue just accept what true for them…I am not conflicted. ☺️

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      2. But that’s what I mean… Truth is not “other people’s.” Truth is truth regardless of people’s opinions about what is true, and all we can do is evaluate those opinions based on evidence and reason.

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      3. Clearly you’re looking for an arguement of some sort and that’s fine. What I am talking about is something referred to as “personal truth” I would not approach an athiest, a christian, a muslim, jew, buddhist (pardon the non capitalizations) and expect them to agree on what “the truth” is regarding a creator/creation souls or the afterlife. I would see them as people, entitled to their perspective and beliefs and there-in hold them sacred.
        What I am willing to argue about is how we treat each other, people, animals, different cultures, everything, not in getting a consensus on a set of beliefs. I think young people still feel that “truth” and many of them become idealist in thier young adulthood. Eventually it gets harder and harder to hold onto as we form calluses and are conditioned.
        I respect that this writer/parent is nurishing that aspect of listening to the quiet voice in each of us that speaks and guides us.

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