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Your Guide to Contemplative Parenting & Conscious Caregiving 

Contemplation Helps Parents, Caregivers, and Children Experience Greater Depth of Love in Their Lives.
June 7th, 2024
Your Guide to Contemplative Parenting & Conscious Caregiving 

Many on the contemplative path ask themselves how they can better nurture their children’s minds, bodies, and spirits. Contemplative parenting can be especially challenging for those overcoming trauma from toxic religion, spiritual abuse, and faith deconstruction.  

Are you no longer connected to the church of your childhood and want your family to have a different kind of faith experience? Do you feel too overwhelmed by the day-to-day struggles to engage your children in a loving way?  

These free resources offer support to parents and caregivers on the spiritual journey: 

Learn About the CAC: An Educational Nonprofit for Contemplative Christianity

The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit sharing Christian contemplative wisdom and practices that support transformation and inspire loving action.  

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Discover Resources for Contemplative Parenting

Contemplation can help sustain the energy, commitment, and selflessness that’s endlessly demanded of parents. Even a simple practice of 5 minutes of silent contemplation each day, while washing dishes or folding laundry, can inspire loving action. 

Explore Contemplative Teachings to Support Conscious Caregiving

Contemplative wisdom can help parents and caregivers act lovingly even in painful times, like trauma from faith deconstruction, spiritual abuse or church hurt. Contemplation helps us feel God’s presence with us — even in suffering. 

Embody Contemplative Wisdom Before Becoming a Parent 

Practicing contemplation can encourage us to enter confidently into new life stages, like faith deconstruction, becoming a parent or moving away from family, with greater love and deeper awareness. 

Examine Contemplative Wisdom for Coping with Empty Nest Syndrome and Loss 

Contemplative practices can help you make sense of second-half-of-life parenting challenges, such as empty nest syndrome, death of a child, or loss of a relationship. 

Apply Contemplative Parenting and Conscious Caregiving in Your Life 

Children are bombarded with modern crises such as climate change, challenges to LGBTQ+ rights, continuing to strive for gender equality, environmental stewardship, spiritual abuse, and working towards true social justice.  

CAC founder and Franciscan friar Richard Rohr writes, “The older we get, the further we move from the delight and curiosity of childhood. We must always be ready to see anew.” We hope these resources help you see anew while walking the contemplative path with your children and those you care for.  

We invite you to share your stories of contemplative parenting with us. 

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