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    Teaching Maslow's Theory from the Top of the Pyramid: Mindfulness and Spirituality in Education by Angela Jamal Retired Teacher / Boston Public Schools Author Spiritual seeking for teens? ... Some say that they are not ready for it, but I say that they are! Seeking the most loving, peaceful, and calm part of ourselves is a 'spiritual quest'... so to say. What is spiritual to the average teenager? I asked this question to many of the teens that I have worked with from every race, religion, age, gender and they all had their own wonderful and insightful answers. © Excerpts from my new book: "I look around and see things that are happening in the world and I get confused, but sometimes when I am with someone that I love and I feel a feeling of peace and love that seems so pure, as if nothing else can compare to it. That is spiritual". (Val, age seventeen) "For me, I think that it is important to be in tune with your spirit, it helps you focus, relax, and reexamine yourself. Spirituality is like my chi". (Zhou, age eighteen) "I converted to a different religion once the leader of my old church did a sermon condemning gay teens". (Sam, age eighteen) "I believe everyone has a spirit. For example, when someone says “you’re deep,” I see it as having something that is deeper than your mind. Spirit is something that cannot be described but can be shown through writings, personality, and attitude". (Saraliz, age sixteen) "To me, spirituality does not have to be connected to a religion. In fact, I see a spirit as who you are. If you were to take away the body, you would be left with a spirit. It is who you are on the inside, thus, you make your own spirit". (Lowell, age eighteen) Allowing young people to have open discussions on the subject of spirituality may give them an opportunity to understand that religion and spirituality are not two sides of the same coin. Spirituality is a word that has been associated with religious beliefs, but today its true meaning is much more profound and used in non-religious settings. Here's is a question: What is spirituality in it's true essence? Here's my answer: Love...not emotional love, but a love that goes much deeper, beyond our mind, ... a divine love... To me, spirituality is keeping love in everything that we think, say and do.. (Angela, age -) How can our young people truly begin a journey towards spirituality within or without religion? My answer: Allow them to explore and ask questions without judging or condemning them. True spiritual seeking, begins with questions! Education is helping our young people to think for themselves, even on matters of a much deeper part of themselves. Let's imagine if we taught Maslow's Theory, beginning at the top of the pyramid with self - actualization as our first lesson? If we share the many different ways in which spirituality can be defined by our selves and our young people, they can also begin to understand how being spiritual is something already inside of them. Once the teenagers (not forgetting you ) begin to feel awakened to the spirit within their own hearts, they can truly see how spiritually connected they really are to everyone else, regardless of race, religion, creed or gender. Ask the teens in your life what is truly spiritual and see what answers you get--they might amaze you. Or they might just act like they didn't hear you and quietly begin their quest for an answer on their own. All the while, plotting to ask you the same questions later. The Spiritual Teen: Awakening to the Real You. © jasmine-book-cover-

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