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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 32: Inclusion

 

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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 32 from Year One is about: Inclusion, “One Love”

 

Original Story: Marian Anderson Sings

 

Affirmation: The Spirit within me is the one Spirit that lives in all.

 

Getting to the Heart of the Lesson

 

We can experience the unity of all creation only when we include all in our reality.

 

When we exclude others, we refuse to relate to realities different than our own, and we keep our experience defined in a way that is comfortable and familiar. If we want children to be inclusive, we have to help them redefine their experiences in a broader way. For instance, if older children exclude a younger child from a ball game because she can’t catch the ball, we can guide them to give her a special job that makes her feel part of the game. Finding a way to include her will expand their limited thinking. Scolding them for excluding her will most likely make them resentful, which leads to closing the heart.
 
Accepting and coping with outward differences is an important step toward opening the heart to others. But to really include others in our reality, we must understand that despite apparent differences, there is only one self, one spirit, and one true reality, underlying all that is. The more children experience their own spiritual nature, the more they will recognize the one spirit in all.

 
Affirmation 32 - The Spirit within me is the one Spirit that lives in all.
Affirmation: The Spirit within me is the one Spirit that lives in all.

 

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