So what do we exactly mean by spirituality?
Spirituality reflects the belief of the vast majority of humanity, including Christians, that we are not merely complicated biological machines - that as well as mind and body we also have a spirit or soul.
Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:37-38 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
Christian faith points to us being made in the image of God, who is a spiritual being. That image is shown in many different ways but among them are our freedom of will and the responsibility that comes with that, our creativity and our ability to relate to God.
Aristotle once said, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all!"
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To help the children and adults in school have a shared language around spirituality, we use the analogy of windows, mirrors and doors.
giving children opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways; to wonder about life's 'Wows' (things that are amazing) and 'Ows' (things that bring us up short). In this children are learning about life in all its fullness.
giving children opportunities to reflect on their experiences; to meditate on life's big questions and to consider some possible answers. In this they are learning from life by exploring their own insights and perspectives and those of others.
giving children opportunities to respond to all of this; to do something creative as a means of expressing, applying and further developing their thoughts and convictions. In this they are learning to live by putting into action what they are coming to believe and value.