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Finding The Ideal Gifts For Children

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By “Jackie Writing Jackie”

For many Buddhists, the six paramitas (or six perfections) – giving, morality, patience, effort, meditation and wisdom – all enlighten one’s life, and are therefore cultivated on the journey towards awakening. The first of these perfections – dana paramita, or giving – involves helping people or giving them something they need without expecting anything in return. Like all children, those in the Shambhala community love toys, activities and experiences. What principles might you enjoy considering when finding them a gift for a special occasion?

Focusing On the Experience

If you have always felt in your heart that an experience beats material presents, then you will be pleased to know that scientific research backs your view. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that experience-based gifts (think a meditation retreat, nature hike, or outdoor yoga party) can foster stronger relationships than material gifts. Experiences are more intensely emotional, and they bond the giver and recipient in a special way.

Sharing A Love For Nature

Many Buddhists value gardening as a hobby and as a way to foster one’s love for nature and the great outdoors. If your child loves plants, a new addition to their garden that they can tend to regularly is a wonderful way to highlight the importance of commitment and responsibility. For very young children, easy-to-grow plants that require little more than a little sunlight and water are a good option. For those who are budding green thumbs who enjoy tending to and pruning plants carefully, bonsai trees are a great challenge. Some children may enjoy creating a peaceful garden using pebbles, water fountains, and a variety of plants. Continue…

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