Picture yourself as a young child. What do you look like? What brings you delight? What brings you fear? What do you crave more than anything?
Now imagine this child residing in a cave inside your heart. It longs to express itself, to be loved, to be accepted, to connect, to be seen. The child draws a picture to give to someone you care about. It is so excited to share this artwork. But you, as an adult, don’t think the picture is good enough, so you say, “It’d be better to throw this picture away. Once you’ve cultivated your drawing skills more, then we can show others your picture.” Immediately the little child gets shoved deeper into the cave. It feels hurt, inadequate, ashamed, small, and repressed.
As people, each time we label ourselves as inadequate, unworthy, or we tell ourselves that we should be achieving more than we already have, we harm the tiny child within us. When we shrug off our challenges and say, “Well, that’s nothing compared to what other people have experienced,” we are shoving the little child deeper into the cave, telling it that its experiences are not valid, that it doesn’t really matter.
But when we speak lovingly to the child within us, with words of appreciation and affirmation, celebrating our successes every step of the way, we encourage the child to come out and play, to speak, dance, sing, shout, and create with abandon. We teach ourselves that we are worthy, we allow healing to occur, and from this place, only good can come.
I invite you to take a walk with your inner child, give it space to shine, listen to what it is telling you, and treat yourself with compassion throughout your day. Just as we would want our own children to feel safe, encouraged, affirmed and supported, our own inner children need just that.
Come connect with your inner child at a playful yoga class this weekend/next week at Emerge Boutique Wellness Studio (with Urban Yoga Foundation) and at Area Yoga Brooklyn.
IG:@annetangi@biteablelife @urbanyogafoundation_ @areayogabrooklyn
Wonder, splendor, imagination, healing, connection and freedom await you!
Saturday May 6 – Area Yoga Brooklyn (103 1st Place)
9:20 – Open
10:50 – Basics
12:20 – Open
Tuesday May 9 – Emerge Boutique Wellness Studio (with Urban Yoga Foundation) – 380 MacDonough
7:30 pm – Basic Hatha
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