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My Inner Child Teaches Me
- One of the ways I practice loving my inner children is inventorying my childhood which gives her an opportunity to feel & express her grief and loss and fears. Doing mirror work invited her to share herself with me. It is quite powerful to see her pain, to witness her energy bursting forth from me. I recently bought a rocking chair at her suggestion. I sit in it and rock and look up at the sky since she had me put it on my porch outside. She comes up a lot when I play especially if she might look foolish/stupid as she did as a child. I listen to her, witness her fear and pain and we go back to playing together with a healthier energy. I am doing breathing exercises by Deborah Blair on YouTube and EFT with Brad Yates which helps facilitate a connection with all my inner children. They help give me the grace and strength I need to be a loving witness to them all. Watching movies can bring up emotion and that is another way I connect with them and allow them to express.
- As a child I remembered climbing trees, picking fruit from our garden and laying on a sheet in my back yard eating strawberries and plums, making preserves with my grandma and collecting bugs. Anything that has to do with nature awakens my inner child.
- —Guest Keneda
- When I want to nurture my inner child I go and carry out an activity like colouring in, drawing, painting, making things with Play Doh - all these remind me of activities I did when I was a child that made me feel happy and calm. I also had a lot of stuffed toys way back when, now I only have a few, but there is nothing like cuddling up to one of my teddy bears when I need comforting. I hope this gives readers some more insight into ways of soothing the inner child.
- —Guest Sherry
Finding the Child within you
- In our creative pursuits if we wish to let creativity flow then we really to become more childlike. This is of-course different to being childish, which is what most likely happened when our parents wounded us --- we were childlike and they were childish. So yes I suppose that I am saying to be fully adult is to be childlike. I wrote a seven sentence blog called finding the child within you. Take a look if you wish (http://sevensentences.com/2011/06/13/child-within-you/). Best, Geoff
- I used to play with them every afternoon till I started going to pre-school. Then when I come home, I would still play. You can build anything you like - towns, villages, homes.
- I have several pictures of me between the ages of 2-6 years. I keep them in places where I can see them often (next to my bed, on the wall above my make-up table, in the bathroom, etc.) These are sweet reminders that she is with me always. I send her love each time I see her precious face and that shy smile!
- —Guest Sandee
- I have three stuffed animals I keep around for my inner child. I'll carry them around the house.
- —Guest Kelly Gray
- When my inner child needs some extra love and care, I cuddle up under a quilt and read her a book.
- —Guest Shannon
- When I was little my mother use to make me milk toast whenever I was feeling sick. She would make me a slice of buttered toast with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Then warm milk is poured over the toast in a shallow bowl. I would slurp up the soggy warm bread and milk with a spoon. Milk toast is a true comfort food made with love for a sick child. As an adult I have made milk toast for myself a few times when my inner child needed nurturing. It isn't quite as good as when my mom made it for me, but it conjures up loving memories. Good stuff!