How much do our past experiences shape who we are? The way we perceive changes, how we cope with loss, the level of control we have over our reactions, these are fundamental aspects we can observe of ourselves to answer this question. Self-realization is not limited to who we are today, but what we have been through in the past as well as who we have the potential to be in the days not yet lived. It is important to be mindful of our emotions in a healthy way. Dig down to the roots and discover who we are so we know how to nurture our inner-child, our reflection in the present, and our future selves.
Our past may mold us but the moment we are in right now will soon become our future’s past. It is our responsibility to cleanse, heal, and renew ourselves again and again in this life. We will face challenges and with the proper care, we will conquer these challenges. When we think back to before the hormonal changes occurred, what were we like? Is there unhealed trauma? Were the cards that we were dealt not so great? Did we lose something or someone important to us? To connect with our inner child, we can reflect on something our younger selves left for us to see (artwork, journals, photos) so that we can visualize who we once were.
If we come across areas of our past that appear too hard to reflect on, these are the areas that need the most care. Think about the hard times and feel it all through, don’t reflect with regret or depression but with compassion and care. Allow the past to be inspiring. Make the inner child proud. How far have we come despite the adversities? Are we the people that our younger selves needed? Reconnect with the child within by: listening to old favorite songs, building a blanket fort and watching old favorite movies, having a cute picnic outside, getting crafty, riding a bike; think of any way to let out that youthful energy and just do it! Our younger selves will thank us. Although we have grown and changed immensely, that little person we used to be still lives inside us in numerous ways. Once we begin nurturing our inner child, our present lives will become more playful, energetic, and aligned with who we truly are.