During the month of December, our children and youth classes will be exploring the theme of Awe. While I’ve loved all the Soulful Home newsletters, this month’s struck me as exceptional for its depth and spirituality. It was hard to pick out just one activity to include in the Heirloom! I highly encourage EVERYONE to read this newsletter before the craziness of the holidays has you frantic and reeling.
The Soulful Home newsletter is emailed to everyone each month and also available on our website under the Members Area tab or directly at https://huuc.net/soulful_home_newsletters/soulful_home_2019_12.pdf
The introduction to our December Soulful Home packet says that “Awe can be a feeling in and of itself, but it can also inspire a positive action taken in light of a new understanding. It’s a powerful, moving and universal force that can jolt us from where we are to the next step in our individual and collective evolution. Who of us doesn’t need a ‘jolt of awe’ at times in our lives?”
Try the following activity, or find one or more to talk about Awe with your family. May the light of the season find you and your loved ones and surround you with love.
At the Bedside
The Bedside activities engage the theme through storytelling. This takes place during the dreamy, almost otherworldly hour or so before children or youth drift off to sleep. Through stories and the questions and realizations that they prompt, we come to understand the nature of and our own place in the cosmos. But also, these selections invite you to remember, shape, and share stories from your own past, using thoughtful narratives to help your child weave the tale of who they are and whose they are.
The Awe of Our Arrival
How did we get here? Your child likely knows the basics behind this question, but we’re going to explore the wonder and awe behind this question; how was it that it was particularly YOU, the parent or guardian, and particularly THEM, your child, who ended up together here, in this moment?
Take some time this month to explore this with a charming story about a bubble and a raindrop, reprinted with permission from author Kim R. Stafford, who first published it as a lovely picture book called We Got Here Together. (Used copies of this book are prevalent at major booksellers for around $5. If you’re a picture book-loving family, it’s a great addition to the shelf.) Find the text of the story here:
Making the Story Come Alive: Have a small container of bubbles on hand the night you plan to tell this story. Try to arrange it so that your child is in bed and ready, maybe with the lights low. Blow some bubbles into the room as you enter, and spend a few moments watching them float around. If your child wants to, they can pop up and blow some bubbles, too. When you’re ready, put the bubbles away, focus the energy on the story, and begin telling it.