I like to do some simple daily practices as they help me to centre and they can be little pockets of pleasure and connection to self. They help to set things up for my day. After I became a Mum my desire and ability to do lengthy practices that were very structured and based on discipline and 'shoulds' really dwindled. One of the practices I love to do is called 'dropping into innocence'. I learnt this technique through intuitive coaching and I also found that the meditations included in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) offer a similar purpose and effects.
I'm not talking about innocence as the absence of wrong-doing or confessing sins or being perfect. It is about dropping my habituated thinking and learned reactions and all the assumptions that I have made up about myself, others and the world, to connect more fully with my child-like sense of wonder, bringing that freshness to the forefront of my awareness.
The process is simple. It is just making a choice. 'I choose to be in innocence'. You can add other sentences such as 'I let go of my need to know; I drop my assumptions about myself, others and the world. I see everything like a child in the world, full of wonder and innocence'.
While making the choices, you allow yourself to surrender into that 'space'. Imagine being a child and looking out at the world without all the acquired knowledge, assumptions and 'street-smarts' that can colour our vision.
ACIM is a big book that contains meditations at the end. There is one for each day over the course of a year. They are usually very simple and the earlier ones don't take up much time.
For instance, the first meditation is to look around the room and see an item such as a lamp and say 'This lamp does not mean anything'. You continue coming to rest your gaze on different items and repeat the sentence for each item. It explains that the purpose is to see how we place definitions onto things around us. You do that for a minute.
Some of the outcomes that I notice from making the choice to be in innocence and doing the meditations from ACIM are:
Over time, this practice helps me to open to new ways of being and seeing, to new possibilities and pathways.
It can be done anywhere at any time.
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