I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. ~Dr. Seuss
One day, in the not so long ago past, I waited happily for a class of young students to get a drink from the fountain before I took my turn. Most were quick and polite, but one young boy irresistibly caught my attention. When his turn arrived instead of reaching for the knob that would allow the water to flow, he placed his hands in front of his heart as if in prayer, raised to his tip toes and then moved as though he were going to dive into the drinking fountain. Deep in his imagination he was somewhere else, perhaps his favorite swimming pool, a lake, perhaps in a place he’d read about or created in his mind.
To this young boy, his was a world that was very real, and very comfortable. He could easily tap into an inner world that allowed his spirit to soar and his soul to sing. It was magic to be a part of the outing we were involved in, and observe more of his whole being; his intelligence, curiosity and his friendships. Clearly he knew how to walk the world of wholeness; he had balance between the world that man had created, and the world that made him fulfilled.
That fine line of being able to allow yourself or your child to flow in between what society thinks is real and what is essential to them is very important to allowing them negotiate life and exist with balance, and joy. While it may be seem simple advice it is best said that in order to have this balance and joy, the child, as well as the adult, must have time spent doing what makes them happy, what allows them to go deep within their soul and sparks wonder and peace.
For the youth and adults of the new consciousness, these worlds are places to step into when they are needed to relax, to create, a coping skill and sometimes even a place to touch base with a truer form of themselves.
Make sure you help carve time daily for your child and/or yourself to engage in play that connects their heart, mind and spirit. If they’re an art enthusiast, encourage a block of time in which they simply create without distraction. If they’re interested in building, let them work and/or design, if they are currently involved in costumes, promote how to make them simply out of items around the house. Remember that these things will grow and change just as your child does, be flexible when they wish to dip their toe into another pond to explore a new possibility and encourage their wonder.
Promoting this within your child’s life means you are sowing seeds that will help them as they grow into adulthood to use as a touchstone, and perhaps find their way to access inspiration and peace when life becomes difficult. They may go through times when they aren’t mainstream because they have a better grasp of what makes them happy and whole, but in the end this saves them from many pitfalls they may come across as they mature.
Embrace the unreal world, it is the place where inspiration is found, and magic is created.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs
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Blue Papaya will meet on February 15! Local yoga and art teacher Al Ochsner will lead the group in yoga exercises the youth can do to relax, increase control of their energy and find balance mentally.