Seeing the universe through the eyes of a baby.
Have you ever stared into the eyes of a baby, that moment when they clock you and look at you as if they are reading your soul. It's a very special moment indeed. They might be seeing you for the first time, or the 200th time, but right at that second they are seeing you in the present moment, because that's how babies see everything...in that present moment, they’re not thinking, 'oh what are we up to this weekend.' Or 'what time is dinner.' How exciting it must be for a baby, everything is so brand new, the first time they look up and see the sky, the first time they play with a new toy, the first time they feel the cold on their face, and they see everything with such innocence. Wow wouldn't it be amazing if we as adults could live like that now? Like we're seeing everything for the first time and not overthinking everything. Seriously, when was the last time you walked out of your front door and in those couple of seconds after, just standing there, looked up at the sky, your mind quiet and thought, 'wow the skies beautiful?'
I bet the likely answer is never. You’re more likely to say...'I walk out of my front door and I start thinking, is everything switched off, have I got everything for work, where's my phone, what time is it, I hope I'm not late, check the door, did I definitely lock it'.... Blah blah blah blah. You get into your car with blinkers on, your mind still chattering on. You don't see what's around you.... Why bother looking. You've seen it a thousand times.
But how about setting yourself a little challenge and for one whole day try to see the world as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Really take everything in. Just be in that moment, take in your surroundings. You might hear birds or the sound of the wind but for that second you’re just in the present moment. How wonderful! A couple of Saturdays ago I went to a meditation afternoon as I really felt that I needed to recharge my batteries and centre myself. What an amazing afternoon it was, stepping into the beautiful retreat I go to in Richmond and getting to see everyone's loving faces. But what it made me realise is that I was already very much centred because every day I spend with my beautiful baby daughter she keeps me present. So I put to you, next time you’re holding your baba or you visit a friend or family member who has just had a little one, take a moment to look into their beautiful innocent eyes, I mean really look, and maybe you'll see the universe look back at you.
Lots of love
Faye and Florence :-)