1. We help parents and children find their inner compass. Call it conscience, spirit, source, the true self, God, or the divine — we hold that spiritual development is a crucial part of well-being. This is our north star: To help families and communities reimagine how to foster spirituality together in the 21st century.
2. We integrate the best of modern science and ancient wisdom. Whether it’s academic research about child rearing or timeless insights from the world’s wisdom traditions (including Buddhism, Stoicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Sufism, and many others), we embrace it. We also acknowledge that both science and wisdom arise from particular cultural contexts and perspectives and must therefore be held with humility.
3. We help parents and children find their individual purpose. We believe that all teaching must be adapted to the particular strengths of each person so that families can better work together to find their calling. That’s why we support flexibility and intuition as you help your children become their true selves. The process and results will be different for everyone, and that’s not only okay — it’s ideal.
4. We believe that human beings develop throughout childhood and adulthood. To nurture spiritual experiences most effectively, parents should be aware of their own stage of development as well as the stages of their children. Lessons are designed for and oriented to these stages.
5. We believe that healthy development comes from exploring complementary virtues. It’s a principle found in wisdom texts through time, from Aristotle’s golden mean to the Chinese principle of yin and yang. Given this, we teach healthy development through the practice of polarities — sitting with each virtue in conversation with its counterpart, ensuring that we help each other find the middle way.
6. We value lineage. Everyone comes from somewhere, and our ancestral stories make us who we are. Telling these stories builds resilience and connects us to each other. As psychologist Elaine Reese shows through a meta-study on the topic, “adolescents with a stronger knowledge of family history have more robust identities, better coping skills, and lower rates of depression and anxiety.” We believe in making family stories a core part of the home, and we offer prompts and guidance to help you do just that.
7. We focus on relationships. All learning, development, healing, and transformation happens in the context of relationship — relationship between parent and child, child and peers, child and world, child and self, and child and awareness itself. Every lesson and activity is intended to build these relationships. We believe that families should privilege the relationship over the teaching. Our resources are means to the end of deepening your relationships. Above all, that’s why we exist.
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