As spiritual people, we gained lots of spiritual information, knowledge, concepts, and slogans over time. And we are quick to recite what we have heard, especially when faced with a challenge, but too often, that is an escape from being present in our feelings at the moment and being open to the learning that arises through our experience.
We also do that with our children. When we are not pleased with their behavior or make us feel stressed out or insecure, we tend to preach and throw around slogans. But it is important to remember that true learning happens through our experiences and when we embody our a-ha moments, not from words we hear from a spiritual teacher or a parent.