Do you remember when every moment was new? When every
experience wasn't burdened with, I've done this before, I hope
this ends quickly, or I hope this doesn't turn out like the last
A time when you moved in and out of emotional experiences
because they were just feelings, not a definition of who you were
or who you would become.
When you were present, connected, plugged in to wherever you
were in the moment, instead of being overly focused on your phone,
Facebook, calorie consumption, or the right clothes.
For about a week I have been moving in slow motion, burning
through some old issues, things I am ready to be rid of, and I have
been slow enough to notice the world around me; specifically, young
They move from place to place, fully aware, taking one step in
front of the other mindfully. Few preconceived notions or
emotional baggage, just free.
Stopping to pick up leaves, notice planes in the sky, jump over
cracks, and wonder why a squirrel has a fluffy tail.
I wish they could stay this way. Free to ask questions, be
curious and not carry assumptions about people or experiences.
To expect joy and surprises. To feel whatever they are
feeling in the moment, let it go, and then start again.
To breathe in every experience, not live on autopilot, and be
real, fully awake and engaged.
Children do this, but we have forgotten.
Maybe by watching them, we can begin to remember.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
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