|Renewing our childlike nature|
Sunday, 15 April 2012 00:00Written by Victoria Finney
Whenever I hear this phrase people around me respond to it on terms of religious belief...
But in truth a child is an inquisitive and searching little person, my daughter for example, questions endlessly. She is not jaded, she takes little for granted, and every new thing is wonderful for her. I think as adults we loose that, and what a loss.
We become entrenched in routine, we forget to learn and question, we cease growth. Every new sunset is different, every flower, every snowflake. Yet we would rather watch our sitcom than walk outside and wonder at it. This is no "hippie" suggestion, moments of relaxation such as this free your mind mometarily, your best ideas and bolts of inspiration will come when you forget about the mundane and give your mind a rest.
The brain is an incredible thing, more complicated than any computer man has ever made. It is able to process every sensation and remember all of them, to operate your body and to create. Children learn incredibly quickly.
Rediscovering this ability is not a subject for religious schmatlz, or comforting fluffy discourse, it is serious stuff. If you give yourself time to relax and to see as a child does, to fully take in your surroundings and roam freely from thought to thought, you will function at the very best of your capability.
You only use 10% of your brain, take time to reactivate some of the parts you have shut down as a response to hectic modern society or your own personal issues. Doing so will enable you to enjoy life, think more openly, and maybe come up with one of those bolts of inspiration so envied in others.
Watch children, they are small human beings not yet completely constrained by ideas revolving around gender, skin colour self expression or achivement. Imagine what you could do if you thought a little more like that, imagine who you could be.