Thursday, January 17, 2013
I mentioned briefly last week a new course I have started. The 8 Gifts From Nature is a journey of reflection, sharing, learning, growing and changing. It is meant not only to serve as a path for my own personal growth, but also to help me better support and guide Reece on his path connecting to nature and this earth.
This journey is being shared with a very inspiring group of people in a community like setting. After our first insightful discussion I left with feelings of happiness, fullness and contentment. The first gift of nature we are reflecting on is Inner Happiness, or to be more precise, tuning into the happiness of a child that is inside all of us.
Happiness is one of those things which is very individual. What makes me happy, may not make you happy and while I might be happy today, I might not be happy tomorrow. This course, though forces one to look past "surface" happiness, to a deeper, more innate happiness, in a sense, to return to that childlike state of happiness. Do you remember it? The magic, the glow, the pure joy of being a child at play. Running, jumping, climbing, singing, exploring without a care in the world. Yes...that happiness.
It is a beautiful place, isn't it? The happiness of a child. I see it everyday, and if I am lucky, most days I get to dive in and enjoy it, if I allow myself to be swept away. And therein lies the difficulty; moving past my adult world and sinking into the world of my child.
There has been a lot of reflection since our first night together, and also a lot of action. I have been reflecting on my emotional health, connecting more to the activities and things that bring me peace and happiness and opening my heart to express gratitude every day.
My homework encourages me to explore Children's Universal Passions, something Reece and usually do, but now it is with a deeper level of awareness. This awareness brings me so much joy in these moments with Reece and in return, so much joy for him.
My journey of personal growth with The 8 Gifts of Nature is going to be so very fulfilling on so many levels, not only for me, but also for Reece. While I will grow and change on this journey, I will also develop my mentoring skills, which will guide me in better supporting Reece on his journey.