“A child can teach an adult three things:
- to be happy for no reason,
- to always be busy with something and
- to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
– Paulo Coelho
Kids are lovely and inspiring: Their spunk, their tenacity, their curiosity is awe-mazing! The above quote is spot on: Children can teach us what life is all about, for they life in the moment and enjoy it fully. There is hardly any fear, just experimatation & exploration! (thus no failure, for how can one fail when trying out, right?!)
A perfect example of such is little Ellie (apparently also known as Little Zen Monkey). Both her parents love rock climbing and little Ellie learned to climb before she could even walk! It is astonishing to see her go and be so fearless, even without a rope sometimes.
Ellie oozes will power, determination and lots of joy even though she is still learning to master her body and adding new skills on a daily basis. She doesn’t get there in one go, each time looking for alternative ways to achieve what she made her mind up to do.
Seeing that makes me think: Wouldn’t it be grand if we could be like kids again? The ease with which they experiment & learn and the ease in which they interact with just about anyone, even if just a minute before there was a row. That alone is such a gift, to be free from ego chatter! Imaging not having to deal with a mind preoccupied by “Uhm, how would the other respond? Wouldn’t he/she think I am weird or crazy? Maybe this is not such a good idea. What would my friends say? Etc, etc..”
Grown-ups live with so many taught fears, copied by their surroundings and nurtured in school by being measured and compared by a common standard. Hardly any room for uniqueness and trying one’s own passe. Seeing Ellie and other toddlers is a good reminder to not let our Monkey Mind take the reigns and to learn how to take them back! I sincerely hope this grand little girl maintains this awesome spirit!
Meditation helps in getting back in touch with the Inner Self and after enough practice to conquer fears, transcend those! NLP can help there too; just being aware and making better choices can start a shift that alters our lives! Though it would be best to avoid it to begin with: to not let fears and conditioning in, by leaving room for kids to be themselves, learn and explore at their own passe, like Ellie!
May we find balance
May we be fearless like a child,
May we be wise and use good judgement;
May we be fun-loving like a child,
May we be responsible as a true grown up;
May we go for what we want,
And treasure what we have!