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PRINCIPLES for CHARACTER EDUCATION cont. (Modified from TeachingValues.com)
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10 LOVE : Self-Esteem, Self-Respect, Caring, Thoughtfulness, Kindness, Compassion, Nurturing
All living things require love to survive, including ourselves. We must first attend to our own needs for love before we can love others (not co-dependent attachment). When we neglect ourselves emotionally, we become emotionally toxic, not whole enough to give to others. When we change the inner dialogue from the inner critic to that of the inner companion, we bolster our self-esteem and self-respect. Then we are free to nurture all individuals by being the caring, compassionate, thoughtful and kind beings we truly are.
11 MODERATION : Balance, Moderation, Inner Peace
When we choose moderation in all aspects, we bring balance into our lives. Instead of experiencing ‘burn-out’ and stress, which actually hinders our productivity and blocks the creative flow of energy, we maintain our connection with our inner peace and true reality.
12 PERSEVERANCE : Striving, Effort, Confidence, Endurance
Wholeness is not realized in a moment. Throughout a lifetime, there must be constant effort and striving to unveil the True Self. In order to accomplish this, we need the confidence to endure all situations to reach our goal.
13 PURITY : Perfection, Simplicity, Innocence
When we choose to see the beauty of the simple things in life and the wonder all around us, instead of complexity and distortion, we retain our innocence. Purity then restores us to the joy of life. It is that which uplifts us and reconnects us to our true inner being.
14 RESPECT for LIFE : Tolerance, Courtesy, Cooperation
We are all a part of the Creative Intelligence and have a spark of the divine within us. Therefore, even though there is diversity among us through religion, sex, culture, age and status, we all belong to the Divine Family.
Everyone we meet deserves our respect because we honor the divine within them. We show this through courtesy, tolerance and cooperation with all whom we meet.
15 SELF DISCIPLINE : Determination, Obedience, Restraint
When we have the determination to restrain our lower desires, the door is opened for us to fulfill our highest aspirations. Through obedience to our higher self, we develop an inner control and greater confidence in ourselves. Through this process, we strengthen our connection to the Creative Intelligence and experience greater empowerment.
16 SERVICE : Purpose, Responsibility, Creativity
We came into this life with a special plan or purpose to help elevate humanity and life on earth through our own unique service. It is our responsibility to be successful in carrying out our plan and to infuse our service with creativity, or our own special God-given talent.
17 SURRENDER : Acceptance, Freedom, Contentment
When we accept what is happening to us at the present moment as part of a grander plan needed for our growth, we experience a new freedom. We welcome whatever comes into our lives, surrendering all wants and desires. With this new awareness comes contentment and peace. (See “Acceptance & ACoAs”)
18 SYNCHRONICITY: Alertness, Receptivity, Courage
When we are alert to highly significant events that cannot be explained, then we have an opportunity to go beyond the daily occurrences in our lives. We need to be receptive and have the courage to act on our inner promptings. In the process, we find that we are being transformed into the higher self.
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