While playing Lumosity, customized online games designed by neuroscientists to exercise memory and attention, my 6 year old daughter was asked to come up with a word starting with gu-. It struck me that like most 6 years old she did not come up with a word gum for example but the word GURU. In Hinduism and Buddhism a guru is a spiritual teacher, one who imparts initiation and knowledge often through oral teaching to a dedicated pupil. I guess all the world travel and 2 years in India have made an impact on her.
This same child has ascended Eifel Tower when not even 4 years old with a twinkle in her eyes and has ever since jumped up and down every time she sees a photo of Eifel Tower at random places. This child has traveled to Hong Kong when only 18 months and has climbed 286 steps to visit The Tian Tan also known as The Big Buddha, while most of her peers have gone as far as Disneyland. We have visited Disneyland, described as the happiest place on Earth, but when we gave our children a choice after a day in Disneyland, they chose to spend the next day at the beech playing in the sand and waves.
While on my yoga mat, I have often mulled over our frequent moves and uprooting our family every couple of years. As a mother of 2 I have worried about my kids adjusting in new schools, making friends, fitting into a different culture or missing out on some of those cultural experiences. Our family and relatives often offer well-meaning advice on how to raise our kids and worry that moving them too often may […]