Live from the stage of The Community House in suburban Detroit, we bring you the visual of Krista's interview with Ms. Boorstein as it happened.
The best way to nurture children's inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom of the celebrated Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. And, in a light-hearted moment that is an audience pleaser, Boorstein shares what GPS might teach us about "recalculating" and our own inner equanimity.
Somewhat unexpectedly, Sylvia Boorstein offered to lead a lovingkindness (metta) meditation in front of a crowd of 350 during the interview. What resulted was a magical experience in which the audience fully participated in this impromptu moment of reflection.
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Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Senior Editor: Trent Gilliss
Technical Director/Producer: Chris Heagle
Consulting Producer: Kate Moos
Senior Producer: David McGuire
Psychiatrist Robert Coles has spent his career exploring the inner lives of children. He says children are witnesses to the fullness of our humanity; they are keenly attuned to the darkness as well as the light of life; and they can teach us about living honestly, searchingly and courageously if we let them.
More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. And the experience of parenting tends to raise spiritual questions anew. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children's natures and wonder how to support and nurture that. The spiritual life, our guest says, begins not in abstractions, but in concrete everyday experiences. And children need our questions as much as our answers.