As I get older, it can be so easy to forget the simple bliss that comes from experiencing the world through a childlike lens - full of gentle curiosity and wide open wonder.
When I reflect back on my childhood, I remember tea parties under lemon trees and darting through sprinklers in bursts of giggles and excitement. I remember endless summer days spent foraging for insects amongst tropical ferns. And I remember building fortresses made of sheets and pillows that became temporary hiding spots.
Within these memories, I am reminded of this younger part of me that I have left behind. Somewhere along the way, I have learned to turn down the volume. And over time, her voice, her desires and her dreams have gradually faded away.
And in the last few months, after a session with my kinesiologist, I felt pulled towards reconnecting with her, my inner child, again. Connecting with our inner child can be such a healing, mindful and cathartic experience, awakening a sense of playfulness within.
Elizabeth Gilbert encourages us to “be childlike in our pursuit of life”. In doing so we will refuse to let our to-do lists, our jobs, our bitterness or cynicism shut down the joy of our experience in the moment. However, she does make a good point in that bringing out our childlike selves does not mean that we should be childish, acting without maturity.
Taking all of this in, I found myself pondering the following questions that I will share with you today. Perhaps so you can use them as journal prompts to explore your own connection with your inner child and see how you can bring him or her back into your life a little more too!
10 Journal Prompts To Connect With Your Inner Child
- When was the last time you made a decision just because you felt the desire to do so? Remember back to when you were young and got to lick the icing off the wooden spoon?
- Recall a time when you fully experienced the joy of the moment. How did you feel?
- What do you feel drawn to do today if there were no limits on how long you spend on it? What if, just for today, you could lie in the grass under the blue sky and just enjoy it.
- How does it feel when you experienced something fully for the first time? How does this bring you into the present moment?
- When have you blown off your to do list in preference for something that made you happy and spontaneous? Sometimes, I just stop whatever I’m doing and break out in dance just because.
- When was the last time you simply watched nature, completely absorbed by it?
- What would happen if you wandered down a different path instead of taking your usual route to work, just to see where it could lead?
- What would make you deep belly laugh until you cried?
- When did you last dare to dream - not just small goals that sit and wait for us at the end of a long to do list, but big, bold dreams that scare you a little?
This is also a little reminder that we should also encourage children to be children and to embrace the bliss of play, nature, freedom and discovery. To fully breathe in each moment with a little mindfulness. Which leads me on to the below...
GIVEAWAY : MAKING MINDFUL MAGIC
For today’s post, I have a copy of Making Mindful Magic to giveaway.
This book is a beautifully illustrated introduction to mindfulness for children by author and teacher Lea McKnoulty. The book promotes teaching mindfulness to children, offering the tools for parents, teachers and children to share this journey together. You can purchase the book at the official website here!
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