Uninhibited, care-free, silly ….. When was the last time you let yourself feel one of these sensations? Think toddler’s dancing, teenagers skateboarding, young adults running in the rain, a karaoke performance at a wedding reception that has you laughing so hard you start crying….
In honor of Labor Day Weekend, a time when we let go of toil, and try to focus on feelings of levity and lightness, today’s letting go practice is about cultivating your care-free spirit.
- Start with a few deep breaths, stretch out any soreness in your body with the most goofy yoga pose or dance move you know
- Think back to a time when you felt unfettered, energetic, joyful, with no self-consciousness holding you back. For many of us, this will be before puberty, before our brains started putting the brakes on feeling care-free in favor of safety. What were you doing? Can you recall a specific activity, friend, or family member that you were with?
- Use your journal to describe this scene, or share it with your letting-go buddy.
- How can you recreate this experience as an adult?
As an example let me share one of my care-free memories. I am five years old, camping with my parents and my sister. I wander into a moss-covered field just a short distance from our campsite. I take my shoes and socks off and danced around the squishy, cool, velvety moss, enjoying the different shades of green. This weekend, I might be able to recreate some of this care-free feeling by going for a walk in the woods at our nearby Audubon Center, making sure that part of my walk is barefoot, maybe even sharing the experience with one of my children.
Wow…. I can’t wait! How will you trade in serious for care-free this week? After your trade, I bet you will feel energized and refreshed – like we often do after reuniting a dear old friend.
Share your experience with us!
We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!