Recently I have embarked on a new homeschooling journey.
After hearing numerous times about the Waldorf method of teaching and learning, I decided to try it out for myself.
Our homeschool has always been an eclectic mix of what our children need at the time.
I was drawn to the Waldorf method because it integrates so much of nature, puts a high emphasis on free play and outside play, and the celebration of holidays throughout the year.
What is Inner Work?
Inner work is finding peace. Peace deep in your soul.
As a Christian, this is essentially an important aspect of Waldorf for me.
Personally, inner work is a way I stay connected to my faith and my Savior.
Inner work is learning, praying, and meditating.
Why is Inner Work so important?
The time I spend nurturing my own soul will help me to be the best wife and mom I can possibly me.
Let’s face it. Homeschooling moms have a lot to juggle.
And we have to juggle it all while teaching and taking care of our children 24/7.
Inner work is essential to a balanced homeschool life.
How to Incorporate Inner Work on a Daily Basis?
First of all, time will need to be scheduled for inner work.
In our busy lives, it will not just happen.
It does not matter when you schedule this time. Make it work for you.
While I enjoy spending time in the morning before my kids get up, planning and preparing for the day, that is not always the case.
When I am not able to have time in the morning, I use time throughout the day to pray for and over my children. Folding clothes, picking up, and doing household chores provides time to pray. Also, school planning provides time for me to pray about challenges my kids may be facing.
How Inner Work Helps Me Stay Tuned to My Children?
Raising kids is challenging. It is even more challenging with all of the pressures of today’s society.
Inner work provides that opportunity that I need to bring the issues and troubles to the only One who can make a difference: Jesus.
Inner work allows me to stay grounded throughout the day.
One of my favorite daily mantras to keep me grounded:
By having bible verses and mantras that you can say to yourself, inner work can be easily done throughout the day.
Inner Work with Children
Children learn best by modeling.
As our children see us being mindful and prayerful, it will help them grow into their own inner work practices.
One of the things I desire for my children is a peaceful heart. By modeling the practices of inner work, I praying they will further understand this concept.
In our family, we try to do a family bible time in the morning. While this conversation continues throughout our day, it is important to teach our children what it means to spend time spiritually building up our souls.
Inner Work is Continuous
You will never come to a point where inner work is finished.
It is a daily practice that needs to be refined and refreshed.
Once you see the benefits of inner work, you will enjoy this time of soul searching.
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