The rocky peaks of pride

The teaching from a couple of weeks ago was on humility. One of those weeks when the quote just says it all – we made a cone with a mountain on one side to represent how we cannot have any growth if we view ourselves as better than everyone (pride). Flip it around and it reminds us that with humility, we can collect inspiration that allows us to grow beautiful realizations.

Key quote:
“One of the advantages of humility is that it enables us to learn from everyone. A proud person cannot learn from other people because he feels he already knows better than they. On the other hand, a humble person who respects everyone has the openness of mind to learn from everyone and every situation. Just as water cannot collect on mountain peaks, so good qualities and blessings cannot gather on the rocky peaks of pride. If, instead, we maintain a humble, respectful attitude toward everyone, good qualities and inspiration will flow into our mind all the time, like streams flowing into a valley.”

Eight Steps to Happiness p. 88

In progress - drawing the mountain

In progress – drawing the mountain

In progress - lining up the flowers

In progress – lining up the flowers

Flourishing valley nourished by humility

Flourishing valley nourished by humility

Rocky peaks of pride

Rocky peaks of pride

Materials needed:
White paper (cut in half)
Paper plate or other means to trace a circle
Scissors
Coloring pencils or crayons
Scotch tape

Directions
Help kids to trace and cut out a circle. After that cut out about one quarter of it. With that “pac man” shape, draw a rocky mountain on one side and a valley meadow with lots of growth on the other. The alignment might be tricky for young ones but the pictures or an example will help. After that, simple connect up the edge and tape to form the cone!

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