Discipline usually means punishment, a concept that is not entirely useful for those who wish to approach parenting as a spiritual path. If your most deeply held desire is to know God, to make all that you do an act of worship, then the guidance you give your child will be more like the light touch of a butterfly on a flower than the heavy hand of domination that “breaks the will” of a weaker ego. Rather than dispensing rules, regulations, and righteousness, you seek to assist your child to see the path clearly. After all, we are all on this journey together, regardless of our age.
If our relationship with children is a sacred trust-in no circumstances can anything be more important than protecting and nourishing the children in our care. Those are the function of the adult in all species. And we are not an exception. None of the heinous acts recorded in human history would have been occured if children had been the world’s priority.