I am thoroughly enjoying having my two grandchildren (2yrs & 8 Months) to stay and am inevitably watching far too much TV, especially CBeebies!
I was intrigued with a new program called Waybuloo, which showed children engaging in Yoga to achieve a state of happiness. Here is a few descriptions of the program for you to get the flavour:-
Parents will be invited to do yoga with their toddlers and hug them in a new BBC children’s TV show.
Mothers and fathers may be forgiven for thinking they have travelled back to the late 1960s when they sit down with their children to watch Waybuloo.
The series, which it is hoped will be as big a hit as the Teletubbies, is said to be imbued with a ‘hippy’ philosophy.
Viewers will be encouraged to hug each other to achieve happiness and the show’s characters float when they achieve the zen-like condition of ‘Buloo’.
The four ‘Piplings’ – Lau Lau, De Li, Nok Tok and Yo Jojo – teach youngsters how to deal with their emotions as they travel through the countryside of Nara.
BBC publicity for the show claims: ‘Waybuloo is not just a series, it’s a philosophy for a happy life.’ It claims that the Piplings embody a range of emotions including love, wisdom, happiness and harmony and ‘personify positive emotion’ by floating.
Zen-like: The four Piplings, who float when they are happy, encourage children to try yoga in new BBC show Waybuloo
Nok Tok is bear-like and represents wisdom. He solves problems and comes up with creative, inventive solutions for fixing and mending things. He has a very colourful toolbox and a special Anything Machine which can solve a multitude of problems.
In each episode, six children visit Nara to play with the Piplings and explore their land, as real life interacts with the animated world, showing that every child can visit Nara and find their own Waybuloo. Children will be able to play with the Piplings, learn yogo with their parents and experience Waybuloo moments for themselves through the magical world of Nara on the CBeebies website.
Gosh they get to them early now don’t they. I wish that the BBC would be so keen to promote wholesome Christian values to our young ones. The only true joy that can be achieved in this life, is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Happiness is a superficial, fleeting emotion, only Christ can give an everlasting true Joy.
There is certainly nothing wrong with hugging and physical expressions of our love to our children, but do we really need an eastern philosophy to teach us to do this? If we do, then it is a sad day indeed!