Here is a touch of my wisdom... to make a difference in the tapestry of life.
The observation of silence is an integral aspect within the scheme of 'living to learn' and 'learning to live' in my Montessori tradition. Obviously, Dr. Maria Montessori incorporated this principle to the lifestyle of her educational setting - with meaning and purpose – having been one of the greatest proponents of non-violence and its cultivation from the very inception of life.
It is apparent that she had been under the influence of Eastern philosophical wisdom, having spent a considerable portion of her life in India.
The practice of mental composure, and insight into the interconnectedness of all aspects in, and around, the drama of life - from the coarsest to the subtlest levels and tiers of being - is central to Eastern philosophical thought. I attribute Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision of cosmic education, to her deep appreciation and admiration of this wisdom - in view of relativity and representation through interdependence; therefore, it is safe to note that her educational philosophy finds its roots embedded in this ancient wisdom.
My mother, who was fortunate enough to be closely associated with Dr. Maria Montessori (from 1943), never forgot this prudent message - of a woman who thought ahead of her time – to help parents and all mentoring adults. In Dr. Montessori’s own words, “when you swat the first fly in the presence of your child, you have set the first example of violence in the home”.
All great thinkers seamlessly and unconditionally dwell in the natural abode of humility and non-violence - shunning all walls of egoistic mind; it is my own conviction that the daily practice of mental composure within the family setting (conveniently described as meditation) is pivotal to the cultivation of a non-violent spirit of mind.
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