i have come across several important books that i will be adding to my personal library this past week. melvin and i are looking to give our children more than what we were given in regards to living in community with the world. living for the world and not simply ourselves. (by 'the world' i mean all of creation: people, animals, the planet) we have screwed things up in so many ways (we=society, people) and we do not know how to truly live for the good of others. how can we prepare the next generation for anything better if we don't teach them better, live better, in front of them---NOW!
reading simple stories are a great way to pass along important truths without having to give direct orders. in stories we can see ourselves and imagine how we can "be the change we want to see in the world."
i am in a place now that allows me to see truth from places i was taught not to look. and in so searching i've found some remarkable stories that teach simple lessons about life, love and peace. i am excited about sharing these things with our children.
and if you are so brave...take a moment to look for these books and read them, for yourself (and then your children). i promise you'll be glad you did!
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood
The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth
Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents
Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs--A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth