self love

The Gift Of ‘Seeing’ Yourself & Others

You are walking through a forest on another planet.

The trees are so huge you appear like a dwarf standing beside them.

The butterflies look bigger, brighter, and fly faster than on Earth.

The flowers emanate an intoxicating sweet scent, unlike anything you have smelt before.

Every animal that passes by smiles and greets you in native vocabulary. Never mind that you cannot talk back!

You reach the end of the forest and a pristine lake appears.

The water appears golden in colour and shimmers beautifully in the light of the setting sun.

This planet’s sun looks like a sphere made of glittering diamonds and radiates a pinkish golden light.

You dip your toes in the golden water and immediately feel a sense of peace infusing your body and mind.

An animal that looks like a bunny rabbit appears with a plate full of food that looks like fruit. She hands the plate to you and hops away.

You take a bite. The flavour and freshness of the fruit leave your taste buds tingling!

“What is this paradise of a planet I have landed on?” you say aloud to yourself, “I have never seen such beauty and uniqueness before!”

The bunny appears again, smiles, and sits beside you.

She says to you, “Do you remember a time when you were five years old? You were sitting by a lake on your planet Earth and you spoke to a rabbit passing by?”

You nod in surprise!

“Yes, I do remember,” you say, “But how do you know that?”

“That was me. I was on a tour of your planet back then, like you are on mine right now,” says the rabbit.

You stare open-mouthed!

“You sat with me for a few minutes, patted me on the head, and said you thought I was beautiful,” continued the rabbit, “And I truly felt seen by you at that moment.”

You are so stunned by the rabbit’s revelation, you wonder if it’s all a dream!

You pinch yourself and realise it’s real.

“You know what? says the rabbit and smiles, “I thought you were so beautiful and so was everything on your bluish-green planet! I had never seen anything like that before,”

It dawns on you that you are so accustomed to Earth that the miracles there don’t appear miraculous anymore! However, planet Earth seemed mesmersing to the rabbit, much like her planet appeared to you.

You are deeply moved by this conversation with the wise rabbit. You turn to face her and look into her eyes.

In this state of heightened awareness, you are able to see past her ‘cuteness’ as a bunny. You sense a deeper story hidden in her big bright brown eyes.

At this moment, an Angel appears before you both and says-

Each of you is unique, much like the majestic blue oceans on Earth or the expansive golden lakes on this planet.

But you get so used to the uniqueness – in yourself or in others – that you stop noticing it after a while.

When you see another person for who they are, your ego dissolves.

And I mean truly see someone, not just with your eyes, but with your heart and soul.

And when you see yourself in the same manner, your experience of self shifts to a new level.

And you say to the bunny, “I see you, dear one. I see ALL of you – your story, your joys, your struggles, your strengths, your limitations, your wisdom, and the unique gifts you bring to existence.”

And the bunny says, “I see you too, dear soul. I see ALL of you – your intelligence, your emotions, your creations, your setbacks, your victories, and all the blessings you bring to existence. I bow to the unique being that you are.”

The two of you continue to see and feel into each other’s beings. And this moment is etched eternally into your consciousness.

A week later, you find yourself back on Earth, seated in your backyard, when a dragonfly appears. You smile and see it with new eyes. You see it fully and completely – a unique creation of the Universe.

Your child comes running to sit beside you. You look into her eyes and see her in a whole new light. You see her innocence, playfulness, creativity, mischief, tantrums, love, and everything that makes her who she is.

Your spouse comes home after work. You see him through your heart. You see someone who works hard to provide, loves with his soul, and does a zillion things to see you happy. You also see his troubles, and his shortcomings. But they don’t bother you anymore because your vision now operates on a totally different frequency.

Besides, who amongst us is perfect?

The beauty of life is in the mixture of perfection and imperfection blended together.

And finally, you look in the mirror and see the person you most need to see – yourself!

See the magic in you! See the magic in others!

See the magic all around you!

Seeing someone for who they are is one of the best gifts we can give to another.

And seeing yourself for who you truly are – try it to know what happens!

divine feminine divine masculine

Life Lessons From The Divine Masculine

I am impressed by a superpower that many men seem to possess.

This power is not related to their physical strength, machoism, wealth, or status.

It is their ability to-

  1. Be good friends with other males despite disagreements and clashes
  2. Not read too much into another person’s behaviour and to take life at face value

I won’t say all men operate this way but a fairly good number of them do.

Neither will I say women are not like this because many of them are.

However, in my own circles, I have seen more men with ‘bindaas’ (carefree) attitudes, as compared to women. Here I speak only for myself and my observations.

It is not always easy for a woman (including me) to clash with another woman and to instantly feel like nothing ever happened! Many of us women tend to read a bit too much into situations and are also more likely to take another person’s negative behaviour to heart. More often than not, squabbles create at least a temporary distance between women. We may work through our emotions and eventually reconnect as friends. But it usually takes time.

When my husband shares stories of conflicts he has with friends or colleagues, I am, at times, more upset with his friends than he!

He is able to let go easily and can bond with a friend over coffee right after a tiff!

And when I ask, “How can you both enjoy coffee together after what happened? Didn’t it bother you at all? Don’t you need some time to process the incident before you interact with him again?” –

He shrugs and says, “No. What has that got to do with our equation as friends?”

I am mighty impressed by this easygoing attitude, for it doesn’t come naturally to me. I am trying to practise being this way for I know it can make life way easier.

Another example is in the area of invitations to social events and gatherings. More women I know are particular about receiving personal invites from hosts while many men seem to be ok with receiving an informal message as an invite or even with having another member of the family pass on the message.

Tones, choice of words, facial expressions of other people – I know more women who are bothered by these than men. Most men I know either don’t notice these details or even if they do, it just doesn’t feel like a big deal to them. There are positives and negatives to not noticing subtle cues, but here we are focusing only on the positive aspects of it – such as not draining our energy in the process of analysing others’ body language.

These are just observations of different ways of being and operating. No judgment on what is right or wrong. I completely accept myself as I am and encourage everyone to do the same. But, sometimes, learning new attitudes and ways of being from those around us can also help!

when spirit meets science

Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel is my personal ‘mentor energy’ for writing and creative expression.

I prefer to allow my writing to flow freely rather than think it through in my head.

Incidentally, when it flows is when it seems to be most powerful too.

If you wish to tap into the creator in you and kickstart a journey in creative expression, try connecting to Archangel Gabriel.

You may use this invocation if you wish to.

Dear Archangel Gabriel,

With deep gratitude, I now receive the radiance of your creative light.

I breathe it into every cell in my body and every chakra in my energy system.

I allow the ‘Light of the Creator Energy’ to work through me and to make me a channel for the highest creative expression.

May the words I speak and write heal hearts and uplift souls.

May all my energy be focused on the process of creation.

May I be free from attachment to the outcome.

May all cords binding me to the results of my efforts or to expectations of any kind be dissolved.

May I be free.

May I be free.

May I be free.

In this state of freeness, I am a crystal clear channel and all my energy can be directed towards the accomplishment of the Higher Goal.

May the Light empower the mind and heart to work in sync.

And for the hand to move with ease

So, the words that are spun may bring love and healing.

Thank you!

This is an image of a surgery in a blog post on emotional intelligence and sensitivity by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
energy medicine, modern medicine, pregnancy loss

When All You Need Is An Angel

“Something’s wrong,” said the radiologist, sounding alarmed as she moved the ultrasound scanner over my womb.

My heart almost skipped a beat.

“I see a problem with the foetus,” she went on.

Seeing how anxious she was, my heart began to beat even faster.

Suraj, being a doctor, and her colleague, the radiologist explained something to him using medical terminology and told us to go meet my obstetrician immediately.

I was disturbed by how the radiologist had panicked. She probably didn’t realise that her panicking would rub off negatively on me.

I said to Suraj, “Is that how bad news is conveyed to a patient? Isn’t there a more professional and sensitive way to do so?”

But there was no time to discuss this, as the medical problem at hand needed more attention than my inner turmoil at that moment.

The obstetrician checked on me, and while I was still in the examination area behind a curtain, she returned to her desk and began to explain the problem to Suraj.

By then I had had enough!

I was really angry.

“Suraj may be a doctor and the baby’s father. But I am your patient and I am carrying the baby. So, doctor, I have every right to be part of this conversation and to hear from you directly about what is going on here!” I blurted out angrily in my mind.

But I didn’t wish to make a scene. So, I just announced I was feeling anxious and joined her at the desk.

It’s not like I couldn’t hear what was being said on the other side of the curtain. So I never could understand why the obstetrician chose to speak only with Suraj.

When l went into labour, another traumatic episode commenced.

While I struggled in pain, I could hear the nurses laughing and chatting away in the adjacent room. They came in only when they had to check if everything was progressing alright, medically speaking. They may have been used to seeing labouring women day and night, but to the women in pain, labour is not an everyday occurrence. What I most needed at that time was for someone to comfort me a bit, more so because the baby wouldn’t make it.

The only positive in this situation was that my endangered life was saved through timely intervention – thanks to advances in modern medicine and to the skill of all the treating doctors. They may not have been the best at connecting to the ‘human’ in me but they were certainly competent otherwise. And I shall remain forever grateful for that.

When the ordeal was done and I woke up the next morning, I saw a kind young face peering down at me. She was dressed in white and I realised she was a nurse. She adjusted my blanket, stroked my forehead, and comforted me with a few kind words. And I thought to myself, “Here comes an Angel. I really needed to meet one. I wish you had been here last night. But I’m happy to meet you nonetheless. Thank you, God!”

A year after this incident, I landed in the hospital again – this time for the surgical removal of a mole on my face.

This growth on the skin was harmless and I could have just let it be. However, I chose to have it removed.

The surgery was a minor one performed by a senior plastic surgeon under local anaesthesia.

For this super simple procedure, I wasn’t expecting the surgeon to explain much to me or for anyone to comfort me during the surgery! However, this experience turned out to be diametrically opposite to the pregnancy.

This surgeon overlooked the fact that Suraj was present during the consultation and that the two of them were colleagues. He gave me my rightful place as the patient and took enough time to explain the treatment plan to me in layman’s terms.

On the day of the surgery, he walked into the operation theatre with a warm smile – not just for me but for all the staff waiting to assist him.

His calm demeanour put me at ease instantly.

He spoke to me gently and went to great lengths to ensure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. He spoke with much respect and dignity to the theatre nurses and to all the other staff too.

And I was like, “Wow! What a lovely energy! Life is strange though. I could have sailed through this cosmetic procedure without any reassurance. Neither am I afraid, nor in pain or shock. Yet, here is someone going out of his way to keep me comfortable. I needed mental and emotional support during the nightmarish pregnancy and labour. But except for that kind nurse I briefly interacted with, no one in that team was equipped to give it. I wish this gem of a plastic surgeon was a radiologist and obstetrician too! If I had someone like this on my case last year, it would have made that challenge way easier to get through.”

Some people seem to innately know how to connect to the ‘human’ in others, while others need to learn these skills.

The energy someone radiates makes a huge difference – at least to people like me.

I don’t expect life to be all roses but when we encounter thorns, having an Angel around certainly makes the thorns hurt less.

This is an image of a baby and a mother's hand in a blog post on Mama Energy by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master

Receiving Mama Energy

The nurturing touch of the mother,

The bubble of safety she offers,

Her sweet scent and comforting lap,

Mama, Amma, Ma, Mom, or Mum – the Feminine motherly force that every one of us sought solace in as children.

Some of us may have had a great relationship with our mothers, while some of us may not have. Yet others amongst us may have grown up without a mother.

The mother’s energy plays a pivotal role in our development as human beings. It builds a sense of safety, strength, stability and trust within us.

But what happens when you may not have received enough Mama energy for some reason?

The bitter truth is that it leaves a void in your heart.

A void that leaves you yearning for Mama.

A void you just learn to accept and live with.

I feel happy when women who are old enough to be my mother talk to me.

My heart soars with joy when they smile and talk to me like they care.

I automatically tune in to the Mama energy they radiate and receive it with gratitude.

They may not be my biological mother, yet the motherly energy they emanate is the same. So, biology doesn’t matter.

I also try to connect to the Divine Mother in her myriad forms to receive my dose of Mama Energy.

Shakti, Mother Mary, or Mama Earth herself – I see all of them as Cosmic Mamas and connect to them whenever I crave Mama Energy.

I believe I (and all of us) deserve to receive the nurturing energy of the Mother. Mama energy gives me immense strength in my weak moments and cheers me on in my empowered moments.

Being a mother myself, I see how my children come to me every now and then to receive their dose of Mama Energy. If I am lost in my own world and don’t heed their signals, they act in ways that make sure their demands are heard! My little one screams and brings the roof down until I pick her up and hold her close to me for a few minutes. My older one sulks and insists he would like me to sit with him or give him a hug. My heart melts when my children claim their dose of Mama energy with no hesitation whatsoever. So, I drop whatever I am doing and give them what they seek.

If I can hear the cries of my children and respond to them, why wouldn’t the Divine Mother hear my cries? Or any of our cries?

She may not hug us physically. But if we are open enough and trust in the process, we may sense her motherly energy warming our hearts.

We may think we are big and strong people that don’t need Mama anymore.

But, if we are honest with ourselves, we will see that almost all of us crave Mama energy – some of us need it more, some less.

The Mother will remain integral to our existence, no matter how old we may be.

And if for some reason we cannot connect to our human Mamas, we always have Divine Mama to embrace!

This is an image of a coffee plant in an article on Energy Works In Mysterious Ways by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
energy medicine, law of attraction, personal

Energy Works In Mysterious Ways

I love the mysterious ways in which energy works.

In the years 2006-2007, I often traveled past a hospital in Bangalore.

Every time I passed by the hospital, my attention was drawn to that space and I found myself looking at it until I passed the entire stretch it occupied. I felt a sense of peace when I saw it.

When I met Suraj in 2007, he told me he worked for that hospital and had been there since 2006.


Not sure.

I believe we have ways of picking up on certain vibes, without knowing immediately what they may mean.

Similarly, exactly a week before I met Suraj, I was walking out of home, while he was entering an office space adjacent to my home for some work.

And how do I know this?

When I met him the following week, he offered to drop me back home. And when he saw where I lived, he told me he had been right next door exactly a week back. And when we traced this even further back in time, we realised that the time I walked out and he walked in was almost the same!

I loved a buzzing neighbourhood in our city and often dreamt of living there someday. At the same time, I also loved coffee plantations and the solitude of nature. Post our marriage, circumstances got us to move into this neighbourhood I always dreamt of living in. And a year after living in an apartment, we were offered accommodation at the residential campus of the hospital located in the same neighbourhood.

And guess what?

This campus, despite being bang in the middle of the city, was Paradise On Earth. It was lush green and had varieties of exotic trees and birds. Things began to feel even more magical when I discovered that the house we were allotted also had a coffee plant in its backyard! The doctor who had stayed there prior to us hailed from a plantation family. So, he planted the coffee, apart from several other beautiful plants and trees, including an orange tree!

I can create a long list of such sweetly mysterious experiences that I have had.

However, I will stop at this.

Sure, it may all just be a string of coincidences. Even assuming it is nothing more than coincidence, I think it still is pretty amazing!

I personally believe we attract whatever matches our vibe and our deepest desires, and that if we look close enough, we will see an invisible thread of energy running between us and everything that is in our life.

This is an image of a palm radiating light in an article on surrendering to the divine, women's safety by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki master
safe world, women's safety

When All You Can Do Is Surrender To The Divine

Every time I pass by a construction site, I see a couple of four-year-old girls and a one year old baby girl playing together. As is a common scene on Indian construction sites, the parents work at the site and are mostly indoors, while their children are most often outdoors by themselves.

These little girls smile and greet me whenever I walk past. I feel really happy when I see their smiling faces, yet a part of me feels anxious.

The hard truth is that it is not always a safe world out there. Even children as young as one and four are not spared at times.

Every time I see these little girls, I say a silent prayer, ” Dear God, please let these little ones be safe. They are so trusting and innocent. I don’t want any predator male to lay his ugly eyes or hands on their tender innocent beings.”

I don’t usually prefer to use strong words like ‘ugly.’ But, sometimes, the human in me feels the pain of the Collective Feminine that has been violated over centuries and wants to have a voice. So, I give in and let it be. After allowing her to express her anger, I switch back to neutral.

Women’s safety in this world has become a concern for me, more so after becoming a mother to a daughter.

And there is a constant tug of war between the Human Me and the Soul Me.

The Human Me is shocked, pained, and disgusted every time I hear of a woman or child that was sexually violated.

And the Soul Me is more neutral, knowing that both light and darkness are part of this world at the moment. And while things are certainly getting better, we still have a long way to go as a species. The Soul Me reminds the Human Me that drowning in pain and worry does nothing constructive to help make the world a better place.

So, then I say, ” Alright. So, show me what I must do so I can be more constructive in bringing about positive change.”

Sure, I can write more on this topic and hope it will help contribute in some way towards greater sensitisation.

But will it reach those who most need to be sensitised – the perpetrators of sexual crimes?

Followed by those who may not engage in crime yet have perverted tendencies that can be damaging in less brutal ways?

And even if it does reach them, will it have any impact at all?

What should I do?

What should I do?

What should I do?

I have often been plagued by this question.

I am at a point where I feel called to do something yet don’t know what exactly I must do.

Hence, I have decided to surrender my struggle to the Divine, trusting that if I am meant to effect positive change in this area, I will be shown the right avenues.

And today, my prayer is just this-

Dear Divine,

Please use me as an instrument of Light and help me serve this cause in whatever way may be best.

Please help me stay neutral so I can channel more energy into positive action rather than let it all dissipate in negativity.

Lead me to the right avenues.

Open some big doors.

You know what my strengths and talents are. Please help me put them to the best use in service to the Divine Feminine.

Please help me channel my energy to bring in higher consciousness, which appears to be the best solution to many problems we face as a society.

I surrender and let go of all the anxiety and struggle.

I trust that when the inner calling is strong enough, I will be shown the way and the Light in perfect timing.

In deep gratitude

This is an image of Phoenix, Arizona ina blog post on healing at Phoenix Arizona by Haripriya Suraj , Reiki Master
energy medicine, inner child

Places With Great Vibes: Phoenix, Arizona

Hills and palm trees wherever I looked.

A quaint little cafe that whipped up unique meals packed with taste and nutrition.

The large window in the housing complex that offered a breathtaking view of flights landing at the airport nearby.

This was at Phoenix, Arizona in March 2014.

The vibe at this city felt healing and comforting. And I felt at peace.

I was doing plenty of inner child work on myself back then. The time spent at Phoenix helped me to integrate this healing even deeper. Apart from helping my inner child, the healing that occurred during this visit also helped me become a more conscious parent to my son who was just two years old at that time. I sensed a big positive shift within me upon returning to India.

Some years later, I got to know that Arizona ( Sedona in particular) is considered to be a spiritual power spot.

I am not certain if the energy there also played a role in my healing. But considering that energy works in mysterious ways and I did get a wonderful feeling there, I would like to believe that the energy of the land contributed to my growth in some little way!

Over the years, I have noticed that being in certain places feels healing. And it isn’t always a spiritual power spot or someplace in nature. It could even be a random cafe, airport, or street. Some places just feel so wonderful and the logical mind has no clue why! During such times, soaking in the vibes with gratitude and allowing the experience to unfold without necessarily understanding it may be best.

This is an image of a mother and her toddler in an article on the challenges and rewards of motherhood by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
motherhood, parenting

Tired & Sleepy? – I See You

Before becoming a mother, I often wondered why my friends with young children seemed to hesitate when I proposed certain plans – plans that required them to step out of home with their tiny tots.

Most of them thought twice before committing to any activity.

I thought they were being overly fussy and making a big deal of nothing.

However, now that I am also a mom to two children, I am able to empathise with all moms and dads.

In hindsight, it feels like my son was easy to care for (it didn’t feel so when he was little!). He relished any meal we whipped up for him and slept soundly through most nights. I didn’t realise what huge blessings those were until my daughter arrived!

My little Miss is a picky eater and a light sleeper.

She is a toddler now. Yet she awakens at odd hours of the night and ensures all of us are up with her as well!

As a result, I always feel like I am sleep-deprived and snooze frequently through the day.

And when someone proposes an outdoor activity, I hesitate too.

Outings for a couple of hours within the city feel manageable. But if it requires that we travel with food, milk, a pile of clothes, and an energetic toddler, my body begins to ache even before the trip!

The thought of going on holiday and not being able to enjoy quality sleep feels challenging.

I’d rather enjoy time with my little angel in the comfort of home.

I know this is a temporary phase and nights of restful sleep will soon be reality again!

However, I do now completely understand the challenges faced by many mothers and fathers of young children.

I see you ALL.

I know how it feels.

And I’m sorry I didn’t understand .your challenges back then.

Now your children must be more independent and you are most certainly sleeping well through the nights.

I will be there soon too. Hopefully by next year!

Meanwhile, let me make the most of the rewarding aspects of the younger years – playfulness, innocence, hugs, cuddles, and the privilege of Mama being the centre a a child’s world!

This is an image of a school where the teacher is teaching several little children outdoors amidst trees
holistic education

When Schools Turn Into Temples Of Learning

Soft tiny hands that reached out with love,

Big bright eyes that radiated wonder and innocence,

Joyful hearts and playful spirits,

Young children brought delight to my life when I began my journey as an Early Childhood Teacher in 2006.

Over the years, I worked in different kinds of schools – Conventional, Montessori, and Integrated Models.

While I enjoyed every minute spent with the little ones, I was miserable as a teacher.

Most schools did not give teachers the freedom to tailor their lessons to meet the student’s needs.

Free creative expression in children was a big no-no.

In one of the schools I worked at, the management performed a check on the books of the children every term. Based on what was seen in the books, they provided feedback to teachers on their performance as educators.

Lessons had to be taught strictly as per the curriculum and within pre-determined time frames. However, there was a growing awareness in educational circles that children learn in different ways and in their own time. In this light, it didn’t feel right that we continue to impose rigid approaches and timelines upon children. But the system was still evolving and many educators still preferred the old school way of working. So, I couldn’t do much about the scenario in this particular school.

However, I thought some free expression could be allowed at least in areas like art ( more so in the early years). Therefore, I permitted the children in my class the liberty to explore art freely.

If a child chose to colour the sun green instead of yellow, I just let it be!

Very often, the artwork of children appeared vague and illogical. But when I asked them about what they had created and they explained, it made perfect sense.

This approach of mine was not received well by the school.

During one book check season, I was summoned to the principal’s chamber.

“Haripriya, what is this I see in the art books of the children?” said the principal, looking alarmed.

I tried to explain to her the child’s perspective of art. However, she wasn’t convinced.

“We cannot allow this dear. What will happen to the reputation of the school?” she went on.

I was taken aback.

What was she talking about?

Is getting four and five-year year-olds to create picture-perfect artwork a way to build the school’s reputation?

My eyes welled up with tears. I felt like I was going insane.

However, I suppressed my tears and managed to appear normal.

I soon saw that this was the trend in many schools. They all pretended to have adopted new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. But what unfolded within the walls of the classroom was a totally different story.

I reached a point where I began to hate going to school.

I cried at home every evening and told Suraj it was impossible for me to suppress the free spirit and spontaneity of the little ones.

I eventually realised I was done working for the conventional and so-called integrated schools. I moved to a Montessori school. While I wouldn’t say the Montessori schools were perfect, that system felt way better. At least, no one insisted children must colour every tree and apple perfectly!

However, something was still missing…

I often dreamt of a school that prepared children for life, with academics also being an important feature. A school that did not suppress the free spirit of children and allowed them to blossom into the most authentic and empowered version of themselves.

I felt like such a school was out there but that I was yet to discover it.

My colleagues at work often laughed and told me I was living in fantasy land! They didn’t think such a school existed. But I continued to long for such a school. The longing became stronger when I became a mother to an adorable baby boy.

I believe our deepest desires are always granted by the Universe.

Synchronicity came into play and I was led to the school of my dreams!

And our son is part of this amazing learning environment today.

It is a space where-

  1. He learns spellings without ever mugging up a single one. He doesn’t even know the meaning of mugging up yet!
  2. He learns math not like a robot that applies formulas mechanically but through ingenious application that calls for a deeper understanding of numbers.
  3. He explores art with joy and freedom.
  4. His education is so much more than spellings, math and science. It is also about life skills, emotional intelligence and some age-appropriate spiritual grounding. And all this without ever compromising on academic learning.
  5. He is allowed to cry when sad and to reveal his authentic self, without fear of being judged or ridiculed.
  6. He receives unconditional love and acceptance from his teachers.
  7. Teachers embody their role fully and work with the sole objective of helping each child achieve their highest potential.
  8. Feedback for improvement is given in loving and constructive ways, without crushing the spirit of the child or the parents.
  9. And much much more…..

Eventually, our son will move to college and there is no guarantee he will enjoy a similar environment there. At the moment, he insists his goal is to become a doctor like his father. If he feels the same even at 16, he will be required to adapt to other ways of studying. He will also have to be willing to take on a lot more pressure in the form of competitive exams and at least a decade of medical training after that. And preparation for all of this will have to begin well before he turns 16.

However, I believe the well-rounded education he is receiving during these foundational years is empowering him to hold himself steady in the outside world, no matter what career path he chooses. I trust he will carry the strengths he is developing here to build a life of his choice and also to pass them on to others he will be associated with in future.

His journey may not always be easy but it does feel like it would be worth it!

It is my prayer that more and more children receive an education that helps them blossom to their highest potential in body, mind and spirit!