We are honored to have received feedback from friends in the following countries, who are using the Radiant Hearts program to aid spiritual education in their homes and communities:
If your country is not listed and you are using Radiant Hearts in some way, please leave a comment on this page, on our Facebook page, or contact us at email@example.com We would love to read your feedback and/or experience as well! These are some messages we have received, and published here with permission of the authors:
You find yourself humming quotes on the way to work, whistling the tunes while mowing the lawns and surprising yourself by doing those dishes before your wife has to ask.
There’s also something powerful about learning virtues together as a family. When your 3-year-old says “Daddy you need to use a kindly tongue”, it strikes a chord deep inside you that makes you want to be a better person for your kids.
We’ve been practicing saying hello and being friendly with stuffed animals, singing songs about friendliness, making up stories about friendliness, and he loves it!
Today we were at the park. In the past he’s preferred to just play alone and doesn’t usually talk to any other kids besides his sister. I was watching him running around today and I saw him walk up to another little girl. I was expecting him to then run past her, but he stopped, looked at her and said “Hi, what’s your name?” My heart leaped, I was so proud and happy. He then asked her several other questions and they played together for the next hour or so. Later, he stopped to ask another little boy his name. He was far enough away where he didn’t even know I was watching, he did it all on his own.
All our talk and practice with friendliness is really helping him to grow!
We are still developing a routine that works for our family around this program, but the beauty of it is that it is adaptable to whatever our circumstances happen to be on any given day.
We’ve been able to work in the activities when my daughter is most interested, and we sing the songs or prayers whenever the topic comes up though out our day.
The older two particularly enjoy singing, doing crafts and reading stories. The melodies and images (and sometimes we make up hand/body signs) help them memorize and after a week they know the quotation and prayer by heart.
We use the quotation during the day for reflection. For example, when they yell and scream at each other, I sing: “Deal ye one with another…” (the friendliness quotation). And then I ask them: “Is that the friendly way of dealing with one another?” This always results in two heads shaking and then we think together about how we can have deal with the situation in a friendly way.
Our one-year-old is still learning language. The easy activities give her a feel for the virtue even if she is not able to verbalize it yet. When we did the friendly faces mirror activity she was delighted with our happy faces in the mirror, and the older two pointed out excitedly: “Look, Roya can be friendly, too!”
Please add your own comments about Radiant Hearts and what your family’s experience has been.