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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 30: Truthfulness

 

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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 30 from Year One is about: Truthfulness, “Do Unto Others”

 

Original Story: The Gardener

 

Affirmation: My heart holds the truth,my voice speaks the truth, my life shares the truth.

 

Getting to the Heart of the Lesson

 

Being truthful means being aware of your true motivations and speaking and acting in honesty whenever possible.

 

Being truthful puts us in harmony with our spiritual self and is an expression of our divine nature. There are many different kinds of truth, but being truthful is primarily about being conscious of our motivations and expressing that truth in the way we live and treat others, as well as how we speak. Why do we say what we say? Are we sharing the truth about who we are?
 
Being truthful doesn’t just mean saying only true, factual things and always being honest about our feelings. It is just as important, if not more important, to be true to ourselves about what motivates us in our desires, feelings, and actions. If we are not connected to who we are deep inside, to what is driving us to speak and act the way we do, we are not able to really be truthful.
 
For example, you may get into an argument with your partner and they may say, “I feel like you are focusing on the negative right now.” If you are not aware of your deeper truth before acting or speaking, you may just respond with, “No I am not!” without really knowing if that is a true reflection of your motivations. Maybe a deeper reality would be that you are hurt by something your partner did and you are unconsciously looking for ways to hurt them as well, but you may not know that if you haven’t practiced looking within at your true motivations.
Answering, “No I am not!” doesn’t solve the problem and may be just our ego responding.
 
Recognizing and then saying something like, “Maybe you are right. I think I am hurt by your actions yesterday, and I was trying to hurt you back. I am sorry. I don’t want to hurt you. I just need you to acknowledge your actions,” gets closer to the truth of the situation and your motivations. Learning to be observers of our egos’ needs (fears, worries, judgments) allows us to see the superficial reality for what it is and thereby experience a deeper reality — who we really are.
 
To be truthful, we must first accept things as they are, even when it is uncomfortable. Only then can we can effectively work towards a goal or make changes and become more aware of our inner truth. Being truthful is ultimately being who and what we really are, as spiritual beings, and being in harmony with the loving spirit that is behind everything.
Helping children understand their own truth and live by it can be challenging. The world is complex, and the truth can be hidden behind layers of deceptive emotions and desires. But practicing in small ways enables children to recognize and live

Affirmation 30 - My heart holds the truth, my voice speaksk the truth and my heart holds the truth.
Affirmation: My heart holds the truth,my voice speaks the truth, my life shares the truth.

 

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