If you see things through the eyes of a child, you’ll more easily find delight (the Light) in what you’re doing. This is a reminder I give to myself regularly as I often take life way too seriously. Haven’t we all marvelled at a child’s ability to be totally engrossed in an activity? Can you remember what it was like to watch a film as a kid and to experience the scenes so profoundly that you almost felt you were living through them? Why do we experience life at a more superficial level later, as adults? Is it all part of the natural cycle of growing up and the getting serious that goes with it? A friend of mine gave me a good piece of advice the day he told me to play. Experience the lightness of the child who sees the opportunity to play in almost any situation. For me, this means getting away from the dos and don’ts, the shoulds and shouldn’ts, musts and mustn’ts that crowd our every action. Expectations, assumptions and moral codes can keep us from flowing naturally with life’s currents, getting in the way of our openness to exploring all our options.
Excerpt from “She Who Is Unto Herself”