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The Morning Sip: See Yourself Through
Your Child's Eyes
we open to the present moment, we see things more clearly. One
of the more difficult things to see without distortion is ourselves. Through
our child's eyes, we can glimpse ourselves with greater clarity.
when you are with your child, or thinking about your child, whether
in person, or speaking over the phone, or communicating via instant
messenger or e-mail, close your eyes and imagine the world through
your child's eyes. Try to "see" from where your child is situated.
first, just imagine what your child might be seeing.
Don't attempt to judge or evaluate what you see. Just observe
it. Breathe deeply and slowly a few times. Allow
things to slow down. Then, regardless of what your child
may actually be looking at, with your eyes still closed, imagine
your child looking at you. Again, no judging. Just observe.
With my child's eyes
I see myself
Who am I?
In the first few moments of
this exercise, you may gain insight or make an observation upon
which you would like to further reflect. If you are able, take
the time to silently meditate on the sensation. If you like,
return to your child's eyes. If you are with your child, you
may want to ask your child a question about yourself. If time
does not permit, store away the observation and return to it later.
we see ourselves more clearly, we acquire the capacity to become
more deeply connected to the present moment. When we do
so through our child’s eyes, we become more deeply connected to our