45 minute meditation journal

07 November 2017 7:56 AM
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Morning sit. 

Because a lot of my old patterns of holding back from life stem from a very young age I've got a habit now of when I can feel an emotion building, even before I know what it is, of checking in with 'child me'. Today it seems that the emotion that was bubbling up was excitement and that it was because "it's a new day and I'm here to live it". Child me also wanted to see how we could "help people with their sadness today" because "that would make it a very good day".

I then cycled in to work through cold morning rain with a huge grin on my face.

Comments

I had a similar experience years ago.

I was going through cognitive behavioral therapy and an important part of it is identifying the automatic thoughts, but quite often I couldn't identify any thought, at those times sometimes I spoke with myself as if I am a child and quickly the underlying thought came to front. It was quite amazing. Some years later I saw it as a technique in a CBT manual.

One thing that is really interesting for me is that the concept of inner child seems to be pretty modern, I haven't seen it discussed widely in ancient psychology either western philosophies and religions or eastern ones. Or of course  maybe I haven't read enough about it.

Anyway thanks for reminding me this very useful technique. 


niroxki
niroxki
17 days ago
Interesting. I think that it is probably most powerful and useful for people whose predominant ways of responding to the world were laid down very young. For me and also a Sangha friend of mine it just happened spontaneously at first but now is something we both use more deliberately. For me it is a bit of a short cut to find out what I'm really thinking or feeling but might be blocking. Seeing it gives me options on how to respond instead of being driven by assumptions I'm unaware of.
Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
17 days ago
I had an interesting  experience today, instead of me comforting the child, I asked the child to comfort me, it was like the child hugged places buried in cold thick ice, warming them, forgiving them, loving them, wonderful experience!
niroxki
niroxki
15 days ago
Wonderful! That's lovely to read! :)
Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
15 days ago