PARENTING TO AWAKENING Parenting as a Pathway to Presence
Through the practice of moment-to-moment awareness, we are able to awaken more fully to each moment. All spiritual traditions teach that being present is the key to one’s awakening.
The spiritual practice of parenting has the power to lay down the grooves of awakeness, mindfulness, awareness, and presence.
In connecting more deeply with ourselves, we also foster deeper connections with our children. And with more conscious interactions in our lives, all of us—adults and children alike—can grow, develop, and thrive.
Ten Activities To Do With Children that Develop Presence by Being Present
The Practices Discover how you can enrich the life of your family
With Joyce Lyke as your guide, learn to be more present while parenting. Through practices, such as; open-ended inquiry, body sensing, meditation, exploring your feelings and reactions, you will discover how being present with yourself can lead to more inner peace, and self acceptance as a parent.
You will learn to:
Become more present with your self and your children
Notice when your focus is externally directed or scattered, pulling you away from yourself and your children
Recognize how historical patterns arise while parenting and understand how these patterns can change
Find more inner peace, and compassion for yourself as a parent
View parenting as a life long spiritual practice
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but they are not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, they have their own thoughts, you may house their bodies but not their souls, for their soul’s dwell in the house of tomorrow….
— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Joyce Lyke is one of the ‘long time’ presenting teachers in the Ridhwan School, home of the Diamond Approach. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary spiritual path developed for those living in today’s world. The path incorporates modern psychological insights with ancient spiritual practices creating a very effective path for inner-realization. Joyce has taught on-going D.A. groups for 30 years in the U.S., British Columbia, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Prior to her 35 years as a Ridhwan student, she lived and worked at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. During those 15 years, she trained in Gestalt Awareness Practice, deep tissue bodywork, somatic psychology, early childhood development, and various cutting edge movement practices.
She is currently integrating aspects of the Diamond Approach into the challenge of parenting. She teaches how it is possible to spiritually awaken through caring for our children, and works with parents and parent educators helping them to recognize essential developmental stages in children. For more information about this approach see the ‘Parenting to Awakening’ section of her website.
make me one with darkness
In the morning
make me one with the light
— Wendell Berry
What is the Diamond Approach?
The Diamond Approach is both an understanding of our deepest human nature and a path to realizing and developing our fullest potential. It is a wisdom teaching providing a precise method for inner transformation. The work involves spiritual as well as psychological exploration that can be seen as understanding and metabolizing one’s personality or ego. Through this process, we learn that we can experience our spiritual nature, opening to various qualities of presence, i.e., love, clarity, peace, strength, truth and others. This re-connection to the essential dimension awakenings the soul to itself, eventually opening the faculty to see and experience what the ancients referred to as the invisible realms. It is a path for becoming mature human beings and living a life in this world of essential freedom that expresses a deep inner transformation.
Students of the Diamond Approach practice open-ended inquiry, a moment-to-moment investigation into the truth of their experience. In addition, meditation and ancient body sensing practices of presence provide guidance for the soul's transformation. The work is done in large group format, small groups settings, and in private sessions with Diamond Approach teachers.
The Diamond Approach was developed by A.H. Almaas and is offered in groups throughout the world. For more information, see the Ridhwan School Website at www.diamondapproach.org .
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