Mindfulness lessons from an infant

At what point do we lose our sense of wonder?

Young children are fascinated with everything.

As adults, it's probably been a long time since we were fascinated by our own wiggling toes or what noise a cup makes when we tap it.

Young children are constantly learning about the relationships between different things, what things feel like, sound like and whether they will be able to fit it in their mouth.

It makes me smile when I watch our nine month old daughter's sense of wonder at everything she experiences.

She's not mired in the cycle of working, paying bills and hoping for the time or money for the occasional holiday.

Instead, she just is.

She's there enjoying each moment until her tummy distracts her or her nappy needs changing.

Right now she's finding out what the rim of plastic pot feels like on her new teeth and if she can fit her foot into it.

Taking a moment

When I'm particularly stressed, I find it helpful to "take a moment". That moment might only be five or ten minutes long but it can make such a huge different to my day.

I've learned that it's important to remove distractions because I live in a constantly connected world that's full of notifications and alerts that constantly demand my attention. I have to close the lid of my laptop and turn my phone off to create a suitable environment.

One of my favourite assists is an old Koosh ball that I keep on my desk. I find its rubbery squishyness feels really nice in my hand as I take note of the sounds around me, the smells in the air and the feel of my breath through my nose.

Create your own bubble

In our always-on world we are bombarded with constant demands for our attention from colleagues, friends and electronic devices.

It's so easy to create your own bubble in your car, in a quiet room, in a public park or anywhere else where you can turn off your phone and get away from the people that cause you the most anxiety, just for a few minutes at a time.

You'll be glad you did.

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