We are vacationing at a beach house that seriously makes me feel like I am on a boat. We are so close to the water that at night it feels like the waves will just come through the windows. While the view, the beach air and the sunshine are glorious, what has really taken my breath away has been watching my children, their cousins and friends who are family play together with ease.
The giggles, the laughter, the spontaneity are infectious.
They come up with new games every hour or so. They use their deep imaginations, humor and creativity. They crack each other up and exhaust themselves by the end of the day. They fully enjoy the delicious s’mores, ice cream and candy they get to indulge in. They are truly in the moment and in pure bliss.
Watching them I started to feel tingly inside and a kind euphoria I have not felt since I was a kid. I felt the feeling that life was full of adventure and possibility.
I looked around at the other adults and saw a similar twinkle in their eyes. They were laughing, they were being creative, they were engaged in the moment. No one was on their phone. We were either watching the kids, the waves, or the sky. None of us agreed to put our phones down. None of us planned to practice mindfulness for the week.
In fact, we just followed the kids’ lead.
What if we all took a few moments every day to watch a child or a dog just play. What if we took 5 minutes to remember what it was like to run as a child down a hill with the wind in our hair or to jump in the ocean? Could we train ourselves to be in the moment by remembering to learn from little ones (our own and others’)?
What did a child or pet teach you most recently?