Play is hard to maintain as you get older. You get less playful.
You shouldn’t of course.
A man went into a kindergarten class and asked how many of the kids could sing, every hand shot up immediately. How many could dance? Same response. How many could paint? Again, all hands shot up eagerly. He then went into a college classroom and asked the same question. Did he get the same response? No. No hands went up. In the years between five and eighteen the college kids had lost their sense of joy and possibility and personal command within their universe.
When was the last time you stopped and given thought to why you stopped showing a sense of wonder about life in general? What difference do you think it would make to your sense of joy in life if you engaged life with curiosity and amazement?Too often as adults, we allow our “stuff” prevent us from truly engaging the present. We spend countless hours focusing on what we assume should be or could be that we fail to relish the moment of “what is”. Our constant state of busyness can prevent many of us from creating a space for gratitude, appreciation and abundance in life.
When we get comfortable with just going through the motion in life, we begin to loose our passion, enthusiasm, and sense of joy. Eventually, if we don't change our approach, this mindset begins to diminish the strength of our spirit and soul. We have to unlearn and unpack the mental and emotional baggage that have us chained to the belief that as adults we can't engage life with a child's sense of amazement without being foolish. Only those who has lost their ability to do so would think this in the first place. Adults who have nurtured their childlike curiosity and sense for adventure will support your efforts.
We can be responsible adults and still not take ourselves, others and life so seriously that we fail to enjoy the moments as they unfold in our life. We can take simple steps that helps us embrace life with curiosity and amazement.Henry Miller said, “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself”.
A Simple Way to Increase Your Sense of Wonder:
ü Go into your front or back yard and find a leaf or rock
ü Sit ad look at it for five minutes
ü Put it away so you can’t see it and write a description of that object for five minutes without stopping. Describe every detail you recall. What distinguishes our leaf or rock from any other?
ü Read what you have written, and look at your leaf or rock again before putting it back in the yard.
ü Could you find it again based on your description?
Patti Digh, author of Life is a Verb:37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally suggests these actions as a way of developing the ability to apply “leaf attention” to our lives for the purpose of increasing our sense of wonder and enlarge our vision of our world and our lives and what we are truly capable of making happen with “leaf attention”.For the next few days, begin to give “leaf attention” to who and what matters most to you. Nurture a childlike curiosity and sense of learning towards everything that matters in your life and witness how this practice of mindfulness increases your sense of WOW and inspires you to say, even if it is under your breath, WOW !!!.
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