Have you ever watched a four-year-old squat down in the middle of wherever they happen to be and stare at the worm in the rain puddle or the pretty sea shell on the ocean floor?
A child sees and wonders, “How did that worm get here? Who lives inside that sea shell?”
I want to continue our topic of simplicity with some thoughts on living each day as if we saw everything through childlike eyes of wonder and awe, because that’s where the magic lies.
It’s not difficult, but it is a choice. And our choices are the outward manifestations of what we view as important.
Here are seven small things that you can do to bring about some of that child wonder – that simplicity.
- Cut down on the noise graffiti. Turn off the TV – if not for the full night, then just for the one hour during dinner. Sit and talk with those that are important to you. Connect with them, instead of some nightly TV drama character. Hear them. See them. Be in gratitude for having them in your life.
- Be in solitude for ten minutes every day. Talk a walk around the block. No cell phone, just you and the trees. Or if you are surrounded by little people all day long, put them in the stroller and take them with you. Or enjoy a ten minute solitude break at work. Close your door. Sit in a different chair away from your work station and just breathe. Tune into your body as you ask, “How am I doing right now? What’s going on within me?” Bring some attention to your inner needs. Be a good friend to yourself.
- Play – dance – sing in the car – blow soap bubbles – hug a tree – drink hot cocoa. Do something nurturing and fun just for you, each and every day.
- Sleep! Get your eight hours of sleep each night. If that’s not possible, then spend twenty minutes each day in meditation. Studies show that the deeper levels of meditation are as rejuvenating as sleep.
- Ground and fill in with golden suns. These two energy tools will help you flush away the thoughts, feelings, criticisms of other people and replace it with your own energy. The more we fill in with our natural life force, the less room we have for the inner critic to roam. Remember that children do not have inner critics- only adults!
- Be grateful. Wake up each morning and say thank you before you get out of bed. And each evening say it again. Be thankful for all the little parts of your life. What you think and feel is what you will be. Your thoughts attract back to you more energy of the same frequency. Be in wonder as children are – expecting the good and joyfully awaiting the next adventure.
- Know that your thoughts and feelings have power. Much more power than you realize. How you think and feel affects the quality of the energy that surrounds you every day. What type of energy do you want to live in? Peace, calm, tranquility or anger, jealousy and frustration? Choose your thoughts well for they act as beacons bringing you in touch with the events, circumstances and people that are of that same vibrational family.
Simplicity is possible. We just have to want it.
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