Notice your body, become aware of each part of it. Now, think of all your responsibilities, think of all those things you have to do, all those things you should get done. Now, notice your body again. How does it feel? Where do you feel tension and tightness? What expression do you have on your face?
We wanted the love and approval of the people we looked up to, and so we strived to fill our lives with “good” behaviors so that we could earn that love and be accepted.
The problem is that he more we tried to become “good enough” for all of these outside influences, the more distant we became from our own internal voice. When we listen to all of the outside "shoulds", we are not listening to our own heart, our thoughts, and our Spirit. We lose touch with our authentic self a little more each day.
We created confusion in our lives because these different influences conflicted one another. Mom and dad may want us to be something different than our friends pressure us to be. Maybe society conflicts with the voice of religion and so on. We soon find that we can never measure up to everyone’s expectations.
The truth is, we were never meant to!
Has striving in life was actually taken your further away from peace? Think of how your body just felt a moment ago when you thought of all the things that you had to do. No wonder ancient scripture taught us to, “Be still” so that we may know God.
Imagine your adult self tending to your child self with unconditional love. Not the way your adult self thinks you should, but instead the way the child in you wants or needs love and support. Offer your love freely. Take some time together, just the two of you, to play and have fun. Give your inner child 100% of your attention. Now, focus your awareness. How does the child feel? Is there any need or desire for any negative behaviors? You will find that there is no need for it. We are all a bunch of children in grown-up bodies, longing for love!
The most recent mp3 added to the site is written to provide this very experience. Go listen to: "Inner Child Healing" in the Meditation Section of the Personal Development Library.