With all the gloom, doom and uncertainty in the world, it’s more important than ever for us to “let go” of our worries and to connect with our inner child. What do I mean by “connecting with your inner child”?
Imagine what it was like when you had no cares or worries, when you felt loved, safe and secure and lived each day from a place of childlike wonder. I invite you to take yourself back to that time and place. What do you see and how do you feel?
I see myself playing with friends in nature; pretending we are pirates and digging for gold in the farmer’s field close to where I grew up. I see myself swinging so high and then jumping off a swing. I see myself running, jumping and feeling so free. I see myself swimming at the family cottage, back and forth between the docks. When I imagine doing each of those activities I feel light, carefree, empowered, creative, energized and curious.
So how can you connect with your inner child and with those feelings you felt as a child? One clue is when I play with my grandchildren. I now have 4, three years of age and under! On a recent visit I went for a walk with my 21- month old granddaughter. It was her first winter of experiencing snow and what it was like to walk in the cold. Initially she had a bit of trouble walking all bundled up in her cumbersome snowsuit. Before long she was almost running, so excited to be outdoors. I drew pictures in the snow and she kept saying “more, more.” I showed her how to blow snow off her mittens as it was too dry to make a snowman. I helped her make an angel in the snow. I tried to put myself in her shoes and see through her eyes of childlike wonder. It was so fun and energizing!
Another activity that connected me with my inner child was in the acrylic painting class I recently started. In the class the instructor encouraged us to try finger painting and to free paint without trying to paint anything special. It was an incredibly liberating experience! For several days after, I felt so connected to my creative side, easily designing a workshop and doing some writing. I felt like I was “in the flow”. My mind was clear and focused.
I really enjoy being in, on or by water. When I’m feeling stressed I find it therapeutic to walk to the ocean (which is close by) and lie on the rocks. When I do this I feel grounded and supported by Mother Earth. My worries fall away and I relax and feel embraced by this sacred space.
Here are a few suggestions of how you may connect with your inner child.
- Try finger painting with no agenda and notice how it makes you feel
- Is there a special nature place close to where you live? Visit it regularly. Bask in its beauty and notice how being there makes you feel
- Spend time with young children; notice and try to reconnect with your childlike wonder
- Spend some time at least once a week imagining a time or times when you felt loved and supported with no worries or cares. Feel those feelings and recall what you were doing at that time. Perhaps begin integrating those activities into your life. It could be a regular hike, walk, drawing …
- Create a sacred space in your home; a place for you that is comfortable and contains a few special reminders of your childhood; e.g. rocks, shells … . Commit to spending time in that space initially for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week and notice how you feel when there and the cumulative effect.
I believe that if we all took the time to reconnect with our inner child and let her or him “come out to play” on a regular basis, that there would be less conflict, less stress, more creativity and more collaboration in our lives, communities and workplaces.
I’d love to hear how you connect with your inner child and what you’ve noticed from that experience. Please share your experiences below so we can all learn and grow from each other.
If you’d like to learn more about how to Tap into and Express Your Creative Side I invite you to read chapter 5 in my #1 Best Selling book “Learning to Dance with LIfe” – https://pamela-thompson.com/books/
I am so blessed to live in nature with gorgeous oak trees and a backyard creek. I go out there every day and talk to the ducks. LOL!
Hi Jill, Aren’t you lucky! Good for you to take the time each day to be in nature. Enjoy!
I love your suggestions and totally agree. I feel that creating sacred space is so important. I did that with a few of my favorite things and it has made such a difference. My mood is lighter and I find so much more joy with it on a continual basis. It really helps me connect mind body spirit and soul.
Hi Heather, That’s great that you have created a sacred space for yourself! Good for you! Happy you found it’s had a positive impact on your mood. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Your took me back to my sand pit, beach holidays fishing with my Dad when i was maybe 3 and more and oh fingerpainting, as an ex preschool teacher – what a joy , thank you xxoo
Hi Suzie, I’m happy I was able to rekindle some special memories for you. I didn’t realize you had been a preschool teacher. Such fun! Thanks for sharing.
I am lucky to still have grandchildren and a great grandson still young enough to “Play” with Grandma. Lately it’s all about Play Doh!
Hi Barb, Oh, that’s great that you still have young children in your life! Yes, I’m familiar with Play Doh as well. So many things we can make with it. Enjoy!
Looove this! This is sooo important! I love exploring nature and having dance parties! I have two littles (5 and 20 months) and they have taught me so much through witnessing the world through their eyes. They continuously take me back to what is important and remind me life is as serious as we come to make it out to be by the time we are adults! Thank you so much for sharing this life changing reminder!
Hi April, I’m happy you connected with my post. Yes, aren’t young children amazing! We can learn so much from them. Thank you for sharing your experiences and zest for life.
I am gradually getting to know my “inner child”. My early childhood was traumatic so it has taken effort and healing to make discoveries. ?
Hi Meghan, Sorry to hear that you don’t have fond memories of your childhood. Good for you for getting to know your inner child. Hopefully some of the ideas in my post were helpful.