Sunday July 30, 2017
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How do you give your kids the benefits of spirituality without the trappings of organized religion?
That’s the conundrum Reva Seth faces. She and her husband are raising their three sons in Toronto.
“All the data shows us that having a spiritual foundation has all of these incredible outcomes in terms of depression, addiction, mental health, mental wellness. I wanted to give that to my kids but I didn’t see myself joining an organized religion,” Seth tells Tapestry guest host Ali Hassan.
Instead of signing up at the nearest church, synagogue, or mosque, she decided to create her own secular traditions for her family.
Some of the rituals Seth has introduced to her children are group yoga classes, mindful meditation, gratitude practice, and aromatherapy. Some of these things are a hard sell for her three boys, but she believes it’s worth the effort.
“Sometimes it’s just so hard to just stop and say, ‘Ok we’re going to have a good day, you’ve got this’; there’s something you can connect to,” she says.
Seth was raised with Hinduism in the background, but it wasn’t a central part of her childhood.
“My mother had her own pujas set up. She would light incense in the morning and I think just take a moment for herself but that was her personal thing. My father viewed religion like insurance, like ‘just do it because you don’t know, but don’t ask a lot of questions.'”
Although Seth strongly believes her secular curriculum is the best answer for her family, she admits that leaving…