While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt
Children always inspire. They make you yearn for days gone by. The simpler times. The times of carefree joy and innocence. We miss it. We miss those times, but are they really out of reach or have we just forgotten how to enjoy them?.
As we grow older we begin looking towards the future. We begin living with goals that are slightly out of reach - college, careers, homes, children, retirement - It's a never ending cycle. Yet, when we look at children it causes a yearning.
Children are the greatest inspiration for mindfulness. They live in the moment with no thoughts of tomorrow. They enjoy the little things -- those simple pleasures that we take for granted. They let their natural curiosity and imagination take them where ever they want to go. They are free spirits in a closed-minded world. Something we as adults still harbor inside of us.
I could watch my boys for hours. They can sit and build "the largest tower in the world" with their blocks without thinking about what they will be doing later or what happened yesterday. When they fall and get a "boo-boo," they will act as if it's the most traumatic experience in the world as they sit there crying. The moment I place that band-aid on it and give it an "all better" kiss, it is forgotten and they move on as if nothing happened. It amazes me that these little creatures can live in the moment and just the moment. So innocent and carefree. Full of life.
What we yearn for from our childhoods isn't far out of our reach. If we let go of the woes of yesterday or the unknowns of tomorrow. If we let children inspire us -- let them remind us to live in the moment. Maybe then, we can enjoy the moment for what it's worth and most importantly, just live.
I am an artist with no talent, A singer still finding her voice, A writer still searching for her story. I am a mother of 3 learning as I go...just loving this roller coaster we call life.
About the Blog
It's the little things in life. The things we often overlook. The smell of flowers, the dance the wind brings to the trees, the fireflies glowing outside our doors. The little affirmations that confirm you are special. There is beauty out there. Reminders to what is important in life. It's up to you to live today... at this moment... and enjoy.
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Child's Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed
by: Christopher Willard
The Four Sublime States
Loving-kindness(Metta) towards all: the hope that a person will be well; "the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy." Compassion(Karuna) the hope that a person's sufferings will diminish; "the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering." Sympathetic Joy(Mudita) joy in the accomplishments of a person — oneself or another; sympathetic joy; "the wholesome attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings." Equanimity(Upekkha) learning to accept loss and gain, praise and blame, and success and failure, all with detachment, equally, for oneself and for others. Equanimity is "not to distinguish between friend, enemy or stranger, but regard every sentient being as equal. It is a clear-minded tranquil state of mind - not being overpowered by delusions, mental dullness or agitation."