Spirituality is in every child.
Every human being is born an innately spiritual being, just as we are cognitive, emotional, and physical beings. Basic science has shown that spirituality is one-third innate and two-third socialized, a birthright of every child which must be cultivated, supported, and nurtured in community to fully develop. In tandem with other lines of development, there is a surge of awakening of the spiritual life during adolescence, during which spiritual formation can be supported. We see through hundreds of peer review articles that a child is far less likely to fall prey to the most prevalent forms of suffering -- anxiety, depression, suicide, addiction -- once the spiritual core is built throughout the lifespan. The deepening of the spiritual core throughout childhood and adolescence allows us to transform suffering into post traumatic spiritual growth.
This basic science does not tell us how best to support the spiritual core, but it is an ethical imperative of schools, parents, and the community to nurture each child’s innate spirituality to promote a life of greater thriving, health, and collective engagement, a greater capacity for ethics and relationship stewardship of nature. SMBI works to cultivate the spiritual core through education in two ways: