By Asta Rudzinskaite
It is so ingrained in our society that kids need to be educated, socialised, and learn the rules of the game in order to fit it. They are often viewed as little un-upgraded versions – immature adults – that have not quite yet reached their potential, work-in-progress of some sort. But I really really really (yes, I’ve just said it three times) believe that kids are whole, powerful beings who in many ways are more authentic, more deeply connected with the Source, their truest essence and their higher purpose, than most adults. Unfortunately, often it all gets knocked out of us – at least temporarily – during this whole education and socialisation process.
I didn’t realise before having kids that in being with my daughter, I’d have an extraordinary opportunity – a second chance – to revisit my own childhood, to have access to memories and situations that felt long gone and erased. And that her experiences would trigger and mirror countless situations from my own childhood, so it could all shift and be healed within me. Because in every moment, when I am able to consciously be present for her, I am also holding the space for my own inner child. To be back there again but this time with a power to protect and to put right what wasn’t.
Children really are incredible masters and teachers, if we only choose to see them this way.
Here is what I am learning – although at times still very clumsily – from my toddler:
- To follow what sparks joy and curiosity at any given moment, even if that means completely dropping that previous idea from one minute ago.
- To align back to enthusiasm quickly, no matter how massive of a drama something just was.
- To state all desires boldly and stubbornly, AND expect things to come easily.
- To KNOW with certainty that we each have a world that totally DOES revolve around us.
- To rejoice in the movement of the body and be amazed at how it works.
- To be fearless in testing the body to do something new every day.
- To dance in the way that is most fun, without any refinement or embarrassment.
- To be profoundly delighted with the smallest of details throughout the day.
- To admire nature with curiosity.
- To be amazed at the starry sky and the moon in all of its phases.
- To not take the world and the whole reality so seriously, because absolutely everything can be turned into a game.
- To get lost in play and be unafraid to get messy.
- To be a real scientist and patiently return to trying something countless number of times, until the hypothesis works.
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