Meditation (see video here):
According to Merriam-Webster, an inner child is defined as “the childlike, usually hidden part of a person’s personality that is characterized by playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity usually accompanied by anger, hurt, and fear attributable to childhood experiences.” It can also be referred to our “supposed original or true self.”
This meditation was one of many that I tested out for the topic of our "inner child." There are a whole lot of meditation videos on this topic, so in case this one doesn't suit your fancy, a quick peruse on the ol' YouTube should do the trick.
What was your bodies reaction to the meditation?
What was your emotional reaction?
What was it like seeing your "inner child" again?
Describe the experience.
Lyrical Analysis (see page for lyrics and video link or click here):
I have leaned on this song a lot over the last few years in the midst of some tremendous losses. I have also used this song as a meditation to help myself get back to center. I picked this song for a few reasons.
One- I wish our younger selves could have had this song when life got chaotic. I think it's a perfect gift to all of our inner children.
Two- Because this is the last lyrical analysis of that class, I want this song to go with you on your lifelong journey of healing.
1. What is the first emotion you feel when listening to this song?
2. What part of this song resonates with you and why?
When doing a meditation, there are so many reactions based on where you are in your life. There are those who cry, some who laugh and many who find a sense of relaxation/peace. There are also those with busy minds who spend the time toggling between the message and the mounting "To Do" lists of everyday life.
Wherever you are is exactly where you should be. When I was studying Hatha yoga and meditation, my teacher told us to imagine a valve behind our ear for the intruding thoughts to flow out of in order to return to your breath. Some focus on a color, some focus on their "third eye."
Some just slap themselves across the face and say STOP THINKING FOR ONE GD MINUTE! Ok, they probably don't, but the point is- building a practice of meditation takes time, so be patient. There are gobs of guided meditations, or you can simply meditate by just allowing your mind to go quiet and focusing on your breath. This is a GREAT practice to do in a bathtub! That way people already know not to bother you. I find music to help guide me the most, and there are chant like songs that are super helpful for meditation that help to clarify our intentions. If you're looking for some wonderful chant-like songs to help you- here is a playlist for that!
Definition of riff.
1 : an ostinato phrase (as in jazz) typically supporting a solo improvisation also : a piece based on such a phrase.
2 : a rapid energetic often improvised verbal outpouring especially : one that is part of a comic performance.
3 : a succinct usually witty comment.
Writing and Visualization Exercise:
This is our laaaaast week, guys!
What a beautiful journey it's been and I am so grateful for each and every one of you.
For this weeks Riff, I want to you to write a letter to your inner child. Please include a piece of advice you would give them to be read at the last happy hour.