15 ways to Release your inner child

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A grownup is a child with layers on.
~ Woody Harrelson

There's an inner child within all of us but when was the last time you let your inner child come out to play?

Do you remember who that child is?

Have you grown so out of touch with your inner child that there is a huge disconnect with that being?

Have you escaped from the world of "adulthood" recently to let your playful and creative side escape?

There's a wisdom to our inner child that needs to be nurtured by our nurturing parent side. A child with feelings of love, intimacy and an entire bucket full of emotions yearning to learn and feel all that is beautiful. In some cases this inner child of yours had experienced not so beautiful things this world has to offer but that doesn't mean it should be neglected.  A vulnerable child, a curious child, a loving child, a sad child and an angry child all wan

t need to be nurtured to allow our adult persona to be free and live exactly how we want to live...loved and to be loved - but it all starts from within. Understandably as one gets older the child within us disappears as we begin to be faced with the realities of being an adult. As a result we hide our inner child as these new realities take the lead.

"Bug" is almost a year old and over the year I've had the honor of watching this human being observe, engage and absorb all the wondrous things life has to offer him. Well at least in his teeny tiny world in comparison to the huge world we live in, but nonetheless, his world. I, the parent, guard and protect this child with every cell in my body to allow him to feel, love and learn. A parent that once my job is complete (I know it never will be) I will stand back and one day say proudly "I have raised an honorable, loving and wise young man."

I've watched him connect with everything around him as he "lives in the moment." I've watched the fearlessness he demonstrates as he tackles and conquers a new task. Although he can't communicate with words, Bug's body language says it all. There is no "maybe or I think" there is only "I will try and continue until I do." His eyes are full of wonder, his brain full of moving parts and his being full of the desire to achieve. Not for me but for himself.

 

"A head full of fears has no place for dreams." ~ unknown

In order for me to stop taking myself too seriously and teach and lead by example I have constructed my list of how I will continue to release and nurture my inner child. (not in any particular order).

1. Lay down on the grass and look up at the clouds. Try to create images in the clouds.

2. Jump in a puddle.

3. Skip rocks on the water.

4. Swing on a swing.

5. Shake your booty and dance. Feel the rhythm that is the music in your soul.

6. Wake up each day and laugh for 5 minutes.

7. Send good vibrations to every cell in your body by simply humming or singing out loud your favorite tune.

8. Add something new to your daily routine.

9. Focus on what you are doing at the moment and absorb the beauty that is it.

10. Be mindful of the natural beauty that surrounds you.

11. Grab a pen and paper and draw something.

12. Have a chat with yourself outloud.

13. Stop and listen to the birds in the morning.

14. Instead of walking, try skipping.

15. Observe the sunrise and and get excited for a new day begin.

 

What other methods have you tried to release your inner child?

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