Background: I suspect that the contents of this practice were inspired by James Finley’s understanding of Thomas Merton’s words, as expressed here.
This practice will ask you to relive a stressful experience. It is wise to begin to think about that now. Please practice discretion and self care as you select an event. There is no need to choose something to distressing.
- And now, bring to mind the feeling in your body at times of stress and busyness.
- And now, in your imagination, place yourself in a general sort of situation that might cause this feeling. A meeting at work. A difficult class. An unwanted confrontation. A procedure you would prefer to avoid. Furnish your imagination with sights, sounds, and smells.
- And now! make it real. Place yourself in an actual event like this that you recently experienced it. Continue to use your senses. Linger on this experience if you can.
- And now! see a toddler. The child is at play. But the child is serious about, it too. There are toys before the toddler. This child is holding them carefully, turning them over, feeling them, listening to the sounds they make. The child’s parents are sitting in a love seat. The smile of the child’s father is only in his eyes. His mother smiles with her lips though. The parents are adoring the child. Watch this scene for as long as you want.
- And now! The toddler is you. And you are the toddler. All the things that felt so serious and important are the explorations the child was making into the world around themself.
- The mother-father on the love seat is God. You can climb up there and sit between them, if you wish. They will help you climb up.