As we age, we gain a lot of responsibilities and the weight of these can weigh us down tremendously. That is, if we allow them to. Back when we were kids, we had a carefree attitude with the curiosity of a beginners mind. In this delightful meditation, we go back in time to our younger self and revisit a fun experience we had.
Getting settled, I took in a few deep breaths from my belly. Giving myself permission to relax, I began to melt into my body and let out any negative energy I felt lingering around as black smoke. Having this energy now gone, I felt a sense of lightness in my body and I was ready to go on my adventure. Shrinking down in size to that of a 8 year old, I was back on Hidden Valley Road during a glorious summer day at my childhood home. Grabbing my inner tube, I began walking up the dirt road with my brother and a few of my neighbors. Entering and walking along a meandering trail through the woods, we finally made it to the rivers edge. Placing our tubes in the calm, cool water, we all sat on our individual tubes. Soon, the calm water became slightly turbulent with gentle waves. As we trekked down the river, some waves became bigger than others, splashing my body with the refreshing water. What a carefree time! Eventually, we saw a trail which leads us back to our road and we got out of the water. Back on the rocky rivers edge, I was filled with excitement as I told the others about my experience. After all of us exchanged stories, revisiting the fun moments in our minds, we walked back to the road to do it all over again.
Becoming my adult self again, I held that same excitement in my heart space as I had felt back then. As I got up from my bench in the backyard, I looked down and saw a small rock. Picking it up, I was immediately brought back to that rocky rivers edge. Walking away with the rock in my hand, I thought to myself.. while there were some bad experiences in my childhood, I am lucky to have had some fun experiences, too!