What do these children have to teach you? Everything!
One of my favourite exercises that allows us to not only get in touch with our inner child and understand who they are; but also allows us to reconnect with ourselves as adults and understand who we REALLy are, is taking the time to do two things:
1. Find a picture of yourself (that you really like) when you were a child; enlarge it, frame it and put it somewhere you can see it every day!
2. Communicate with this child on an on-going basis – everyday, if possible.
Finding the photo should be the easy part.
How do we go about communicating with our inner child and why should we even bother?
The child that we once were, in its innocence and youth was the true core of who we were meant to be as adults. Along the way, with school, peers, parents, teachers, authority figures telling us who we were and who we ought to be – we began to lose our connection with our inner child. However, that child hasn’t gone anywhere!
He/She is within us, waiting for us to come out and play, if you will. Similar to the Holiday Song, Frosty the Snowman, when he says, “Now don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day!” we have said to our inner child. However, how many of us have ever bothered to return to our inner child and went out and played with full abandonment?
We are like Frosty – no one believes that as adults we should dance and sing and play and be silly like children, but I’m here to tell you that we love this story because it is just that – unbelievable and silly!
Have a look at the photos above of these young children. What do you imagine would be their message to us as adults? I encourage you to sit down as soon as possible and write a letter (or just a question or two) to your inner child and ask it what it would tell you about yourself:
1. What qualities did you possess as a child?
2. What did you love to do?
3. What did you dream of becoming?
4. What advice does he/she have for you about some situation in your life that you are at a loss about?
5. What recommendation does he/she have for you in order to have more fun, joy and laughter in your life?
I have done this exercise and it works. Just like John Lennon says, “There will be an Answer” if you take the time to talk and listen to your inner – Authentic Self, today! To get you into a more playful, open state, watch the video below! It’s fun!
Frosty the Snowman (video and lyrics) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDi8TqqeX8
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