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#31 of 39 Old 02-23-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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progressive relaxation is used in many treatment centers for many different things... and im sure there are places of employment that make these things available to their staff..

mediating is so cool! I really dont get how anyone can be against levitating?
I'm not against it per se. I'm against it in a public school setting. If people want to teach their kids how to meditate at home, more power to them.
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closing your eyes and breathing is against your beliefs?
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It is spiritual to me, and my child would not be participating. It's against our religion.
I'm confused by that, though. Because you're the one putting the spiritual twist to it...not necessarily the person doing it.

I'd love to have been able to do that. "Math is too spiritual for me. Sorry! Not participating." *grin*
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People choose the school because of its nature,
Bingo. (emphasis added)

Whole different can of worms when it's in a public school and there's no opt out. But, I don't know that there is no opt out.

I'm one of those that thinks public schools should stick to the three R's and leave worldview and parenting to the discretion of the parents.
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I don't see much of a difference between doing a guided meditation and reading the children a story and having them close their eyes to visualize the content.
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I'm confused by that, though. Because you're the one putting the spiritual twist to it...not necessarily the person doing it.

I'd love to have been able to do that. "Math is too spiritual for me. Sorry! Not participating." *grin*
I said, to ME it is spiritual. It is used in some religions. it really doens't matter why it's against my beliefs, it is, and my child would not be participating.
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Bingo. (emphasis added)

Whole different can of worms when it's in a public school and there's no opt out. But, I don't know that there is no opt out.

I'm one of those that thinks public schools should stick to the three R's and leave worldview and parenting to the discretion of the parents.
If I could find a public school with the loving consciousness of this school, we would most certainly send our son there. BTW, we did check out other public schools recently and our little school is more advanced academically, despite the fact they are taught "frivolous" stuff like meditation.

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I'm confused by that, though. Because you're the one putting the spiritual twist to it...not necessarily the person doing it.

I'd love to have been able to do that. "Math is too spiritual for me. Sorry! Not participating." *grin*


My son doesn't think sitting in meditation is the least bit spiritual. Neither does he think Miksang (contemplative photography) is. He thinks it is great fun and really doesn't grasp the deep nature of the practice. He and his classmates produced some very artistic and impressive pieces of photography when they were let loose with cameras.

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I wonder how this is being implemented in the classrooms exactly. It doesn't sound just like a moment of silence. Here it sounds a bit like guided meditation:

http://www.parkdayschool.org/1340103...te/default.asp
In my class, we do breathing exercises and VERY simple guided visulaization. Since it is an art class, I will often show the children the project that we are going to be working on (a fish swimming under water, for example) and then have them close their eyes and imagine their fish under water. I ask them to imagine where he is going, what he looks like, what sort of a personality he has, etc.

And btw, we have no "opt out" option. I had no idea that anyone would be bothered by quiet imagination or reflection.

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