As parents, we all want our children to be happy. But what does that really mean? Do we keep them from undesirable experiences, obstacles, conflict, hopeful that they will always be happy? Or do we really want them to be harmonious? Harmonious within themselves and with the world around them. The harmonious child feels a sense of connection with others, with the natural world and with themselves. A kinship and yet free! A sense of the other and yet a strong sense of self.
To be harmonious is to be in the state of well being even if you aren’t happy, and lets face it, no human can be happy all the time. Undesirable experiences, obstacles and conflict will occur and sometimes often- that is life. Sheltering children will not keep this from happening. We want to guide them so that when these moments arise, our children find their way back to a sense of well being -being comfortable and at home in their bodies- preferably out of their own free will and eventually without outer stimulation.
The harmonious child will then grow up to be a resilient, compassionate adult with a strong sense of self and a desire to make a positive impact in the world. The side effect- Happiness!