“Awareness of senses, curiosity, seeing with the eyes of a child, reading nature poetry, curiosity, recognizing ‘ah-ha’ moments.”
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14 NRSV).
Jesus may have been talking about how children do not have power or authority in worldly ways…but maybe he was also commenting about how children have eyes of wonder.
Children, unless they’ve been abused as to not see, have eyes of wonder. They are able to look anew at all of the life around them. They can find joy in the simplest; playing with their own shadow, bubbles, a butterfly flitting about. When was the last time you watched a child explore? When was the last time you observed a child taking delight in discovering something new?
The spiritual practice of wonder is finding that child within us, inviting her out, putting aside adult concerns like time management and productivity, and finding wonder in the world around us. Plan a play date with your inner child. Go outdoors and lay on the grass, look up at watch the clouds. Let your senses feel the green blades, the breeze tickling your skin, the warm the of sun on your arms and legs. Wonder at a nearby pair of birds flitting about. Wonder at the spring blossoms breaking into bloom. Smell deeply the fragrances. If you’ve been blessed with rain, stand outside, letting it fall all over your body. Splash in water puddles. Follow your mind wherever it might wander in the immediate, gently pulling it back to the present should you fall into your adult concerns.
Let your mind think “isn’t it amazing?”….without trying to categorize or answer or understand. Embrace your inner child.