A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 11: Self- Control

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Each Year One Lesson includes:

Teacher Introduction/Getting to the Heart of the Lesson, Teacher Reflection, Spiritual Affirmation with full color Art, Original Story, and Activities, Bible Verses, Wisdom Quotes

Lesson 10  from Year One is about: Self-Control

“Who Is In Charge”

Affirmation: I am in charge of my body and in charge of myself.

Getting to the Heart of the Lesson


When we put our highest selves in charge, our inner joy and understanding grows.

Self-control is more than learning to sit still and be quiet at the appropriate times. As the quote by Louisa May Alcott points out, we must all learn to govern a wide range of thoughts and feelings every day. When we are able to lead with our highest aspirations, then we learn to identify ourselves in the highest way — as changeless spirit. The more we feel ourselves to be spiritual beings, the more all the fruits of spirit manifest in our lives.


Children can learn to feel for the right direction within and to recognize that every impulse is not the right one simply because it is there. Every time we remember to put our highest self in charge, the more inner joy and freedom we experience.


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