Today Noah had his Birthday Party. The bouncy castle arrived yesterday and so there was plenty of bouncing time!
We had nearly 30 children over and I had quite a few games planned. As it happened I didn’t really need any of them. They entertained themselves.
They bounced for ages and ran around the garden. They sat down together and talked. They spent ages just enjoying being outside. Loving the space.
It got me thinking about freedom. Just having a safe place to be free is so important for children. They spend so much time at school being told what to do that having some time to themselves seems to be a relief.
Space and freedom help children to relax. And really, it is exactly the same for grown ups.
If life seems too hectic, too full and too cluttered with responsibilities then making some time to escape to a place that you feel safe in, but free, could be just what you need.
If getting out and about isn’t so easy for you then brain training exercises can help to create just the same sense of freedom.
Start by sitting up straight and closing your eyes.
As you sit still gradually allow sounds to enter your awareness.
Don’t strain to listen for them, just notice how they come, stay a while and then fade away.
Find relief in the fact that nothing is permanent. Things always move on.
Also notice how lovely it is just to observe. For once you don’t have to do anything – you can sit back and watch.