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  • I have a toddler who has a going-to-bed-routine that now involves prayer. The reasons for why this is are rather complex for me to explain here, but it shall suffice to say that it’s a deeply ingrained custom. The prayers are catholic, since this is the religion we were brought up with; I don’t feel comfortable making him repeat every night a prayer asking for permission to go to sleep to a non existing being and to thank another for guarding him during day and night. Since I didn’t have a bette…
  • Thanks guys, as usual you don’t disappoint. From your first post Cassius, I was thinking something derived from this: “no one can live pleasantly without living wisely, honorably, and justly, and no one wisely, honorably, and justly without living pleasantly. ” It’s short and it has a nice rhythm to it. Plus it’s useful to know by heart, as it would be expected to happen after daily repetition. But as of now, for me, honorably falls within the realm of platonic ideals, but I’m open to a more pra…
  • “I don't have any specific saying of Epicurus or Lucretius right now, but one option might be focusing on gratitude. What are you most thankful for today? Or come up with a rote litany like a prayer: I'm thankful for ... And... And...“ The thing with gratitude is, as I understand it, that someone has to be the object of your gratitude, because you’re grateful that he/she has been willingly good to you, and thus you recognize this good will. Being grateful to nature or some other non human thing …
  • “Or pleasure. What made you the happiest today? Let your toddler reflect on what makes them happy throughout that day. ” I think this is a great idea, although I’d think more suited for older children, since right now I don’t think he’s yet ready to articulate something like this by himself. But I see the potential in getting him accustomed to doing this, and later on being able to reflect each day on how he felt about such and such, to develop this awareness of sensations and feelings. I know I…
  • (Quote from Cassius) Yes, I agree. The point right now would be to have a placeholder for later, and not to continue reinforcing something that later on could certainly bring more confusion (the current prayers). (Quote from Cassius) I'm afraid I don't fully comprehend what this paragraph reads. I believe my English is not so bad, but please bear in mind that it is not my first language and there may be nuances here that I'm not being able to grasp. What I'm getting is: If you reject one sensati…
  • (Quote from Don) Yes this is a good point. (Quote from Don) Well, yes. Acknowledging that it is good that we are where we are and can experience what we can experience, and to be able to reflect on it. Lucky lumps of atoms we. I agree this is a reason to be happy and good to have in mind before going to bed.
  • (Quote from JJElbert) Yes, I agree with you. It's a matter of appreciation and to gifting to yourself that pleasureable feeling of wonder. Perhaps, what could be a good prayer would be something that comprises this: An expressión of acknowledgement of our existence as something wonderful, and with this renewed vision, an appreciation of whatever concrete things we have experienced during that day.
  • Let me share that I am very glad that in this forum my nerdiness for looking up the etimology of words in order to understand things better is more likely to find ressonance. (Quote from Godfrey) Aligned with your comment, lLet the nerdiness begin: Adjective grateful (comparative gratefuller or more grateful, superlative gratefullest or most grateful) >>>Appreciative; thankful. Adjective thankful (comparative more thankful, superlative most thankful) >>>Showing appreciation or gratitude. Noun th…
  • Thanks a lot for following up Don - I enjoyed the straying so thanks to all of you guys for what you shared. Please don’t think the simplicity of this answer implies a lack of appreciation for all the very valuable replies you guys posted; it’s just that I’ve been lacking time to read thoroughly all of them, but I will try and reply if I can. Regarding my original post, the winner was this: “We are very thankful We are very glad For friends we meet And food we eat For home and mom and dad.” Winn…