When I was a child, I remember being a lovable free spirit. I wasn’t afraid to fail, I was curious and imaginative.
As we grow older, our fears consume us and the world we live in becomes a bit messed up.
If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to read the headlines of your favourite news source and not feel helpless. News stories like these, the stress of living in a city, and working jobs we don’t enjoy drags us to a place where we’d prefer to be distracted than to be the curious children we once were.
I didn’t turn into a grumpy cat, instead, I became immersed in my own world unaware how I much I was on autopilot.
We’re a Child for 12 years. Teenager for 7 years. Adult for 60 years??
We fight so hard to grow up as children, imagining a life of freedom as an adult. Only to find that we fall out of love with the world the older we get, wishing we were young and free again.
It seems that somewhere through the education system and into our first jobs, we lose this sense of freedom.
As adults, we fall into the trap of blaming anything outside of ourselves, as we search for the happiness we once had. However, our childhoods were celebrated with a natural curiosity and imagination, the likes of which could be totally self-created.
Whether 5 years old or 60 years old, our curiosity for life should never diminish
As a child on my birthday people would buy me presents: I’d open the presents out of their boxes, put the actual presents aside and play hide and seek with boxes they came in for the next couple of weeks.
Point is as children we don’t need much to be free, just an empty cardboard box and an imagination
The only thing we should develop as we get older is the responsibility to look after ourselves and others, which in turn actually has the potential to enhance our freedom and curiosity to explore our bodies and the world more than we ever could as children.
Focusing the mind and body in something positive will enliven our childhood spirit
Most of us don’t grow up past the age of 14 (when puberty started), parents look after us, then teachers, then the state, corporations and Hollywood. Once we take responsibility, we’re open our bodies and minds to the freedom we expressed as children.
That’s why I decided to try yoga and meditation.
These disciplines change the way you perceive your surroundings and how the environment affects you. It makes you aware that all of us are facing different issues, and being kind to one another can make a difference.
You take responsibility for yourself and for others, you’re free.
If yoga is a practice you love but haven’t done it this week because you’re a busy chap, I challenge you to take a break this week, do your practice, meditate for at least 15 minutes and really try to picture your blessings and struggles.
Written by: Jonty Hikmet
Photo by: Yogamatters and Vessi Ves