I really thought she was embracing our spiritual practices and was well on her way to becoming a child Buddha. I envisioned her leading children’s meditation classes.
The first time Mecca said she didn’t want to meditate was no big deal. But after several requests, and several refusals on her part, I was disappointed. I felt like I had failed in some way. My inflated ego was crushed and wanted to figure out a way to get her to sit with me again. Not very spiritual I know, but sometimes it’s like that.
Since we have raised Mecca to make her own choices, I knew I needed to get over my discontent. Trying to force her to do anything wasn’t going to work, and surely wasn’t going to make her anymore spiritual.
So I asked for guidance and clarity about the situation during meditation one day. Boy did I receive a crystal clear message, “Leave her alone! You meditate to feel connected to your spiritual self. She is already aware of her connection and doesn’t need to meditate to get there.”
With this new understanding, I stopped making her disinterest in meditating mean a rejection of me and my spiritual practices, and began honoring her process. Good thing I did because she wasn’t going to meditate with me anyway.