We all miss the innocence and spontaneity that we had during childhood. The good news is that whatever your age is, you can reconnect with your inner child. Today I will show you how to do it.
I have already written an article on how to write a letter to your inner child. Today learn more effective ways of connecting with this valuable part of yourself.
How To Reconnect With Your Inner Child
There are seven proven ways by which you can have access to this innocent, spontaneous part of yourself. They are not difficult to apply and in most cases, they cost you nothing. Here they are:
1. Going For a Walk With Your Inner Child
Recall the times when you were a kid totally enraptured with the idea of art as actual creation. Recall the idea that the leaves you drew were somehow connected to the leaves along an autumn walk. Start it again, to walk through your world which will re-centre you.
While going for a walk look at nature with the eyes of a child. Ask your inner child what he or she would like to do during this walk. Listen to the answer and if possible - cuddle the tree, stroke the flower and just smile at the birds singing.
2. Nurturing Your Life Goals
Your inner child always recalls when you routinely imagined that you could accomplish impossible tasks.
However, when we are adults, we work under deadlines and are overworked. Then there is no time to reflect on what you really want from your life and how proud you could be of your achievements.
But you can look it at a different way. Tell yourself you’d like to feel better physically. Take three to five minutes each day to say hello to a different part of your anatomy via the wonders of muscle use.
Tell yourself your dream is to finish writing a book. It may not be a successful, award-winning book, but it is a great book. Its story has been in your head for years. The same can concern drawing, and playing a musical instrument.
3. Laugh With Your Inner Child
A full-bellied, no-holds-barred laugh of utter glee is one of the best ways to reconnect with your inner child. Therefore, laugh as if no one is looking at your face, which might seem weird. Never pretend that there is nothing funny in your life. You have wanted to laugh spontaneously on so many occasions it would feel like an extensive gag, but you held back.
4. Play With Your Inner Child
Never for stakes. Never for levelling up. Never for dominance. Play for the pleasure of playing. This can take the form of mental play by engaging a friend in witty banter. Scrabble or crosswords are the best examples. It can be a board game whose rules and goals do not reveal the underlying darkness of your unspoken soul.
For example, Monopoly has been widely noted to bring out a surprising amount of feral behaviour in people. Today you can also play more modern games of this kind, e.g., Cashflows 101 and 202 invented by Robert Kiyosaki. This game is about money but you can easily adapt it to real life. I might write an article about it soon.
Playing can also take the physical form: all the sports or even children's games like tacking. Recall the wonderful times in Luna Park when you were doing relay races, Frisbee or bumper cars. In the case of adults, use sexual activity as a play: sex, bumper cars, late morning massages.
Releasing negative emotions is another advantage of playing with your inner child. Check my article about managing emotions.
This may seem like a paradox. How can the inner child work? However, recall the laser-like concentration you focused on tasks you set your heart on as a child. Building a house from Lego, dressing a doll, making a meal. Even if sometimes this work was only the imitation of what adults do.
It is a myth that kids do not like to work; they simply like to work on things that are worthwhile. But when we go to school and start seeing the stupidity of some things which are to be learned, it is natural that we do not like learning them.
Work and Your Goals
Here, we go back to nurturing your goals, while adding the dimension of finding enjoyment or focus in what you are doing while you are doing it, no matter what it may be.
Your inner child can clear a path to what matters. Your inner child wants to work. It wants to discover, feel useful, and even – if deep in the zone – innovate.
Stop procrastinating and grumbling. Make a list of your dreams and another list of your talents. Use them to create something great. Grab a tool (for example a pen, rake, hammer, broom, paintbrush, filing cabinet, 60 words-per-minute typing ability) and do something.
6. Greet Life And Possibility
Your inner child’s formative years were spent in a state of constant "hello". You said "Hello" to new people, new sights and experiences. If there was no one else around and "hello" was needed, you said it to yourself.
Now you can do it again and "hello" expands your comfort zone and recreates you. Every new situation or a new person requires you to adapt and evolve, turning you into a being of infinite wonders. Do not be the inner grump who is passive and seeks excuses. Be your inner child.
7. Forming A Ring Around Yourself
The inner child, like all children, is easily frightened. Hence he or she needs to feel protected. You need to feel protected. We use a ring for that.
The ring is not necessarily used to keep others out but to confirm and cherish what you know to be your inner you: your gifts, compassion, and the journey toward understanding more than you came into this world knowing all the precious things.
How do you form the ring? Use visualisation. Surround yourself with white or purple light which protects you from negativity. You can also put on a tight white or purple uniform. Do this visualisation whenever you start feeling that negativity attacking you.
What protection can you create?
You can call it self-respect, actualization, and boundaries. You can also call it an unshakable identity. The name is not important, you just love and protect yourself from harm - emotional, physical, or spiritual ones.
Remember to know your strength, know your worth, and be proud of who you are. In this way, you will meet your inner child greeting you every morning with a bright, “Hello!”
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In A Nutshell
Today you have learnt how to reconnect with your inner child. Playing, walking, setting worthwhile goals, working and laughing are the most common ways. If you have more ideas, leave a comment so I can broaden this important topic. With lots of love and light,
Vicky is an experienced holistic writer and coach who inspires, motivates, and encourages everyone to become the best version of themselves - physically, mentally, and spiritually.
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