Cherishing children love draws more of it into our lives…
There are certain days when I look back at the end of the day and feel complete! A quick recap of certain events that happened during the day that love brings a smile on my face! Being with children and cherishing their love every day, reading the philosophy behind the method and listening to my beloved Mahatria’s teachings every day brings about a connection among all the three.
Mahatria says, ‘Love yourself’, and he explains that you will learn to love yourself and look up to yourself when you do the things which you thought you could never do. One day, I presented ‘Lighting the matchstick’ to a few 5-year-old children who were ready for that activity. In the past whenever I presented this activity, my observation is that children are little afraid initially. They end up breaking the match stick in the first few attempts. But somehow, this activity draws everyone’s attention and this time also it did create a lot of interest among the tiny tots.
A few got it and a few could not. “It’s ok! Nothing will happen to you! See, we all did it and nothing happened to us, right?” One Kid who got it right encouraged the rest, nodded in affirmation. This encouragement from friends made the others try the activity again and again… Much to my surprise, the whole of that week they requested for this activity to be done first thing in the morning. By the end of the week, everyone had succeeded in lighting the match stick. But for the next 2 months, they insisted on performing this activity every day (Under constant adult supervision, of course). I would wonder why they liked them so much?
At around the same time that the children learned this activity, they had a series of artwork too. Guiding the children with the artwork but not interfering with them when they’re doing it, led to an interesting observation! Some of the children who used to compare their artwork with that of others weren’t doing that anymore. They were happy with the work they had done, though each artwork came out looking a little different than what was shown. None of the children felt inferior or superior!
Introducing a rhyme in two new languages- Telugu and Tamil – created so much enthusiasm among the children! They didn’t seem to possess any inhibitions in learning new languages! Kids interested in knowing each word in the rhyme. They kept singing every day till perfected them also quite fast too.
In all these incidents, the children surprised me by surpassing my expectations! I began to think… Why did they repeat ‘lighting the matchstick’ activity every day, that too for the next 2 months at a stretch? Were they rejoicing after overcoming the fear?
Normally even those of us who feel scared to go for that huge roller coaster ride or the skydive or bungee jumping – attempt it, when a friend forces us to go for it with her. We feel happy after we overcome that fear and we want to go for it again! Is it one of the human tendencies to rejoice after overcoming fear?
As Mahatria says, “Attitudes do not care where I shape them, but once shaped they become my behavior, either creating me or destroying me”. In spite of fear, they learned a new activity which helped the children to look up to themselves! It was reflected in Kid’s artwork! They loved themselves now and they never doubted if they could learn a new long rhyme in a new language!
Incidents like these make me realize that these activities had created experiences that led the children to love themselves! It is such special moments at work which make me feel satisfied and complete!