After writing my last post about the interaction I had with two 8 -year old boys who, I believe, were were stuck on aversion, I felt compelled to clarify the philosophy of being stuck on a branch.
Actually, I’ll start with being mindful.
I see it as a two-leveled:
1) Intentionally practicing to be present;
2) And, when you get to that place (which is not very easy, mind you!), being non-judgmental (at least for a brief moment!).
Being stuck on a branch basically means you are blind to the Truth of the present moment because you are too preoccupied with judging it.
The process of getting unstuck (starting with awareness of being stuck in the first place) leads one to become a more compassionate and ultimately, happy human being.
This is how I see it, for adults at least.
As for children, I’m still trying to figure that out.
And, would be all ears thoughts on this.
Can we teach children mindfulness?
Aren’t children present by nature? Or, at least more present than we are as adults?
How do we teach children to realize when they get stuck?