In life, we’re faced with distractions. Worrying about the future. Feeling pain from the past. And yet, whenever I interact with little kids, I notice that my mind remains present, leaning into the moment, right alongside them.
“I’d much rather see the world through the eyes of a child,” a 2013 article on Hubpages said.
“They have an innocence about them that is genuine and very real. Did you ever see a child’s eyes light up at Christmastime as they stand in line to tell Santa what they want for Christmas? They are so full of excitement and quiet anticipation as their whole world revolves around this single moment…”
Little kids are easily excitable and carefree and revel in naturalness. Perhaps their spirit can rub off on us; maybe we can embrace that childish wonder, that innocent nature.
Vince Gowmon’s 2015 post discusses a child’s inclination to stay present.
Gowmon advocates that little kids remain present through embodiment — the connection to their body. They move fluidly; running, jumping, cartwheeling.
In addition, kids embody a beginner’s mindset. Everything is fresh and new and left as is. There are no preconceived notions of shoulds or should nots.
Gowmon suggests that kids are often uninhibited. They unabashedly express their emotions and bounce back readily.
“When emotion arises, they let it out,” he said. “They cry with deep tearful rivers flowing down their cheeks. There is no mistaking how the child feels. Moreover, when the child expresses one emotion, after a few moments she is onto the next. She is happy, sad and angry within a span of forty seconds. And then suddenly all is forgotten, and she is transfixed by her toy doll.”
“If only we allow ourselves to engage life from the now,” he noted. “If we just take a deep breath, and release the agendas of our discursive mind; if we engage our senses, take in the feeling of the wind on our skin, the radiant colors, the variegated textures and sounds, and the feelings that emerge in our body. We can be present if only we allow ourselves to pause and appreciate the beauty and abundance of life once again, the same way we did when we were children.”
Interactions with little kids also allow us to “get out of our heads” as well. Tending to their needs in various capacities jolts us into the moment.
“Probably the very best way to get out of your own head and forget your own little stories, helping someone else with their issues can change your perspective on your own situation,” Ginger Kern wrote in a post on The Feel Good Lifestyle.
“And of course, it also makes a positive difference in that person’s life at the same time.”
Little kids have a knack to be in the present moment, inspiring us to be there, too.