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10 Things to Learn from Children

09th May 2016   By Aditi Kohli  [38 views]

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If we take a step back and realize how much we can learn from children – we will be surprised that instead of us -training them, we can be enriched by the way they live their lives.

1. Honesty

A child is brutally honest to oneself and others. They don’t mince words and say what they think without any filter/hypocrisy. This is the sign of a pure heart and untainted mind. All we can do is to gently guide them to be honest with loving words instead of hurting anyone’s feelings. The effect of honesty is that their perception of life and people is simple and clear. They see things the way they are; not the way they wish or think it to be. If we can practice the same, it will give us greater strength to handle people and situations in life without getting too perturbed.

2. Forgiveness

Children can forgive and forget easily. They don’t hold grudges for too long, which keeps their inner state more peaceful and happy. If we can practice this regularly, it will become easier to deal with people who are troublesome. All that we will radiate is love which leads to attaining inner peace.

3. Adaptability
Even a child living on the street finds joy in playing with empty bottles or other such discarded articles. Children may have few demands but in case they may not be possible to be fulfilled, they adapt easily and enjoy what is at hand. Most of our troubles start when we want to change people or situations and refuse to adapt to changing patterns in the family or work. Only if we become open to accepting and adapting, life would become easier to go through.

4. Flexibility in body & mind

Here, the analogy of “a tree that can bend, survives the storm” fits. A rigid tree gets uprooted in the storm. Having a flexible body and mind enables children to flow with people and situations. They move on in the mind without getting stuck which helps life to always welcome new experiences with excitement.

5. Trusting

Children trust easily. This is a great quality for believing in the goodness that exists in the universe. That there is always a guardian angel waiting around the corner, taking care and ready to help. This is a great quality that helps in passing difficult times of life.

6. Fearless

Children are born internally fearless of fire, water, darkness, animals, people etc. It’s the external conditioning that plants the seeds of fear in the minds of children. It’s good to be aware of danger, but internally, to be fearless, is a great strength to draw from, to live a great life of freedom and liberation.

7. Faith

The faith in their parents, other loved ones, caretakers, maybe the Divine, is so strong in children that they feel safe and protected. This gives them a deep sense of security. To have faith in life, fills up the space of any doubts, and we believe that everything that happens is for the best. A great way to think in order to live a meaningful life!

8. Self-confidence

Children have great self-esteem. In their own eyes, each one is a prince or princess, disregarding their physical appearance or financial condition or academic performance or talents. It’s us adults, who put self-doubt and insecurities, when we compare children and impose our own parameters of success connected to the colour of the skin, weight, height, achievements etc that grows deep cracks in their psyche. This becomes difficult to deal with, when they become adults. A healthy self-esteem that is inculcated during childhood, raises adults who achieve greatness in whatever they endeavour to do.

9. Eager to explore and learn

Children are always open to asking questions, eager to know more and explore the mysteries of the universe. If the fertile brain is fed with the right information and training, then they may come up with great ideas that may change the face of humanity. Simply because the parent is unable to answer the questions due to ignorance or lack of time or inclination we may lose out on having a path breaking idea being born.

10. Energetic

Children are a source of bubbly and happy energy, spreading so much joy and happiness wherever they go. Just being with them can uplift the mood and keep us fully occupied – physically, emotionally and mentally. By have similar kind of energy an adult can enjoy every moment of their lives.

If we can remain connected to that child within each one of us, life would be so different. The world would seem a better place to live in. If only if we could continue to live with the above mentioned characteristics in our daily lives!

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