Most kids have it down when it comes to being in the moment. They live for the now and get fully absorbed in their activities. Without the burden of responsibilities they master the art of play, wonderment and mindful attention.
Adults can benefit from getting in touch with the playful parts of their inner children. It’s a great stress reliever and break from “to-do” lists. With summer in full swing, you have an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of your inner kid in a playful and mindful way. Take a break from the seriousness of life and your responsibilities. It’s ok…really.
Here are some fun ways for you practice playful mindfulness this summer:
- Lay in the grass. Notice the feel of the blades against your skin. Close your eyes and breathe in the smells of nature around you.
- Collect shells. Stroll along the shoreline with a bucket and on a mission to find the most unique, beautiful items from the ocean you can find. Notice their colors, textures and edges. Consider an art project you might create with your discoveries.
- Blow on a dandelion. Marvel at the delicate spores as they lift up in flight. Make a wish.
- Run into the ocean. Don’t stroll all mature-like…RUN! Fling yourself into the waves. Notice the water against your skin. If you’ve done this fully clothed, feel the weight of the water-logged fabric. Taste the salt water. Float on your back.
- Play hide and seek. Shriek, giggle and run as you and your willing partner in play count down from 10 and hide from each other.
- Skip rocks. If you are near a creek that has any water in it, find round and smooth rocks or pebbles and try skipping them across the water surface. See how many skips you can get. Notice what the rocks feel like in your hands. Listen to the various splashing sounds different sizes can make.
There are many ways to get in touch with your inner kid that aren’t on the list above. Do what resonates with you and is accessible in your environment. Let loose and find moments to really take in the sights, sounds, textures and tastes of summer.