Have you ever wondered what makes you, or your child, tick? Why does one child take their time to change, while another is constantly changing and yet another is trying to convince others to change? Are these unique tendencies nature or nurture? According to neuroscientists Dr. Keith Wallace and Dr. Fred Travis at Maharishi University of Management, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
Their new book, Dharma Parenting: Understand Your Child’s Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment, offers a unique perspective on raising children through the lens of modern behavioral science as well as the ancient, natural approach of Ayurveda. The Sanskrit word dharma refers to living in a way that upholds the path of evolution, maintains balance, and supports prosperity and spiritual freedom. Wallace and Travis hope that, by looking at your family through both systems of thinking, you’ll recognize them for their unique strengths and help them to grow according to their own dharma.
Dharma Parenting breaks down children into three basic “brain/body” types: the Vata type, who is always changing and inquisitive; the Pitta type, who tends to be dynamic and strong-willed; and the Kapha type, who is typically calm, steady, and kind. With such different brain/body types popping up under one roof, how could a family hope to manage? Wallace and Travis have shared some practical tips ahead of the release. The six basic tools of Dharma Parenting have been broken down into a useful acronym by the authors: DHARMA.
Sound interesting? The Dharma Parenting website offers a free quiz to help you identify your own brain/body type, as well as a quiz to determine the brain/body type of your child. In addition to discussion of Ayurveda and brain/body types, Dharma Parenting introduces Transcendental Meditation (TM), a useful technique for decreasing stress in the physiology and soothing your family dynamic.
The holistic, “dharmic” approach to parenting presented by Dharma Parenting is truly the first of its kind. The book is now available for pre-order through Amazon and will be released on August 2, 2016.
Those who want know more about TM may want to also purchase a copy of Dr. Wallace’s An Introduction to Transcendental Meditation, which explores research on the technique’s effectiveness.