As adults we have forgotten the power of seeing the world through a child's eyes. Bogged down with everyday cares, mundane worries and the sheer stress of life, we have lost touch with older, simpler ways of seeing the world. We tend to think of life as something to be endured rather than enjoyed.
Here are three simple ways to get back your child's eye view.
- Stop, look and listen. Rushing through our days to get things done, we rarely take the time to simply stop and open our eyes and ears to the world around us. We are consumed by our inner thoughts with our heads and eyes cast down. For five minutes each day, wherever you are, lift up your head, open wide your eyes and tune your ears into the sounds around you. Whether you are on a busy city street, or in a quiet country meadow, allow your senses to feast on everything they can pick up.
Remember how you used to stare intently at things as a child? Do it again. Imagine that everything you see and hear is completely fresh and new to you. Make a point of noticing something new about something you see every day. You will be amazed at what is right in front of you.
- Ask wondering questions. Cast your mind back again to your childhood and think about some of the questions that you used to ask. "Why is the sky blue?", "What is grass?" Did you get an answer? Could you answer if your child asked you now? Children ask because they are insatiably curious about the world. Adults don't ask because they think they know all they need to know. Try exercising your curiosity by asking some childish questions, but this time see if you can answer those questions yourself.
Why IS the sky blue? Why IS there grass? Why not go on a research quest to find out - you will enjoy the search and you will definitely learn something new.
- Play. No I don't mean play football or golf. I mean take a stick and run it along the railings, just to hear the noise. See how far you can roll a stone. Skip awhile instead of walking. Close your eyes, spin round until you fall over from dizziness and laughter. Immersing yourself in a simple, almost mindless activity for the sheer pleasure of it is a hallmark of childhood and I guarantee that for those brief few moments you will forget all about your money worries, your arguments at home and the pressures of your job. You will simply be in the moment and there is nothing more powerful for recharging your batteries.