Everyone starts as a child in this world, and you slowly grow into an adult. You learn many lessons during your childhood, but there are some things that you would rather leave in the past. However, while you grow and morph into an adult, you still have an inner child that longs to be released on occasion.
Perhaps you’re not familiar with your inner child and need to be introduced to this silent being inside. Your inner child is the person that found out all kinds of fascinating things about life due to their curiosity. While you’re in an adult body, the kid within loves strolling down the toy aisle, even though you no longer play with toys.
It’s the curiosity and zest for life that you need to reconnect with, as it often gets lost as you age. This child inside you still loves superheroes and has aspirations to do something great like writing a movie or book. Perhaps he or she wants to go to a faraway land and explore ancient ruins or an exotic beach.
This little person within you is the gentle nudge that tries to show you things about the world around you that you might not notice in the hustle and bustle of your day.
Ways the Child Within Helps You
- Keeps you ever aware of your goals
- Allows you to make your own rules and follow them
- It helps you to focus on your dreams and not be stuck in the daily grind
- Makes you see the world around you as a place of wonders rather than all the negativity and darkness
- Assists you in recognizing dangers and when to be afraid
- It teaches you that you need to love more and worry less
Ten Ways of Reconnecting with The Inner Child
Since there are so many benefits to connecting with this child within, you probably need some instruction on accomplishing this goal. Here are the following ways to start the reconnection process.
1. Laugh Often
Do you remember as a child laughing, even giggling because you had nothing holding you back? You didn’t have to worry about paying the bills or getting up early for work. You lived for the moment and what toy you would play with next.
If you want to free this inner child, then bust out in a big belly laugh. The key is to laugh like no one is watching you and not be self-conscious about it. There are so many things in life that can make you chuckle, but if you need some inspiration, you can use the internet.
It’s okay for you to be completely ridiculous, as the child within will connect with this light-hearted and fun nature. Engage with fun games with your family, such as slug bug, eye spy, and other travel competitions. Find opportunities to laugh every day, and it can also do wonders for your mental health, according to the National Library of Medicine.
2. Enhance Your Laser-Like Concentration
Do you recall how focused you were as a child as you worked your Legos or put together a dollhouse? Your concentration was hard to break as you had one goal in mind, and nothing was going to detour you from accomplishing it. Some call this laser-like concentration because the focus is so strong that it’s seemingly unbreakable.
While mundane tasks like taking a bath, brushing your teeth, or putting on your clothes for school seemed to take forever, the moments you spend with those toys flew by. By enhancing your focus, you’re clearing a path for what matters most. The key is to get your work done with intense concentration, and you can have fun once work is done.
The child within you wants to feel, love, discover new things, be innovative, and longs to do something great.
3. Explore and Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
During your formative years, you were constantly being faced with new sights, experiences, and people. However, there were times when you just wanted to be alone and play with your toys. When you were saying hello to new things and people, you had to learn to adapt.
The world around you changed in the blink of an eye, and you had to learn a whole fresh reality that included the new things you’ve discovered. Children must learn to expand their comfort zones constantly, and adults aren’t as keen on making changes. Adapting and evolving is just part of life, but adults are not eager to step out of their comfort zones.
It would help if you learned to stop being grumpy and set in your ways, and you need to embrace the infinite wonders that are all around you. The child within you craves adventure and to change things up a bit.
4. Exploring the World Around You
One of the best ways to establish the connection with the child within is to take a walk in nature. Find someplace that you find exciting and pleasant and let your senses go wild. Take inventory of the sounds you hear, the shapes you see, and the aromas blowing in the breeze.
Using your senses helps to open you to a new reality. While you’re walking, take a stroll down memory lane. Go back in time to where you thought art was a creation, and you were captivated by it. Remember drawing big trees with their branches stretched up to the heavens and the sunshine beaming on them?
Somehow you felt that drawing those trees was connected to walking outside on a warm summer’s day. Strolling through the world around you will help you to reactivate these memories and re-center yourself.
Everyone needs to feel protected, especially a child. You must form an unshakable identity that you know will protect you. You can accomplish this by learning your strengths emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Embrace your gifts and accept your challenges. If you want to connect with the child within, then you need to make them feel safe.
6. Keep Your Feelings in Proper Alignment
It would help if you did things to honor the child within you, which means you need to keep proper alignment. The adult in you wants to please people and not say no when people ask you to do something. However, you may need to brush up on your self-love.
Never put other people’s feelings above yours, as this will make the child within you feel neglected and frightened.
7. Cherish Your Inner Child
Sometimes the child inside you is broken or wounded due to trauma. This can cause you to act out just like a kid due to the pain. In these instances, you need to cherish and nurture this inner kid, and let them know that they’re safe, loved, and protected. Use positive affirmations to heal deep wounds that keep you conflicted.
8. Work on Chakra Blockages
If you’re in touch with your spiritual self, then you may know about chakras. These wheels are energy points in your body, and when you have negativity, hurt, or sickness, these energy points become blocked.
The sacral chakra is the one that is connected to your child within, so you need to make sure you unblock this pathway so you can reconnect. Meditation is a great way to start opening these clogged pathways.
9. Write a Letter to Your Inner Child
If you want to connect to the child within, then a journal may be the key. If it’s been several years since you’ve been disconnected, then you may have a lot of questions. Journaling is an excellent way to spark this inner being, and it can help you resurface memories of things from childhood you may have long forgotten.
It’s okay to write a letter to your inner child, too, as you may have some unsettled business to take care of.
10. Cultivate Your Aspirations
Do you remember the days when you thought that every impossible task that came your way was nothing more than a bump in the road? Your inner child has no problem seeing obstacles as nothing major, which is unlike adults. When you’re a grown-up, you feel all kinds of pressure and often go underappreciated.
You’re stuck in the 9-5 pm grind and opt for fast food because there are not enough hours to cook a healthy meal. Connecting to the child within will allow you to reignite those passions that you can conquer the impossible. Perhaps you wanted to write a book.
Sure, that book may not be on New York’s Best Seller list, but it will be powerful because you accomplish something that seems impossible. Each day, your mind will meditate on tons of goals that you want to achieve. It would be best if you reconnected with all those that seem unfeasible, impossible, and unlikely.
The child within you isn’t a means for avoidance, nor is it a vehicle for you to act irresponsibly. Rather, connecting with the inner child allows you to open your sense of marvel. It’s the core of your being, a personal character which cannot be formed nor demolished, merely transformed.