Today’s Mandala Message: Reward Your Inner Child
This week I’m working through Principle #26 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Acknowledge Your Positive Past”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of rewarding my inner child. I don’t recall while growing up being rewarded for my successes; I don’t think any of my siblings were for theirs. We were raised to not be braggarts, which made it difficult to be proud of our achievements and/or be rewarded. But that was then, this is now and now it’s time to consider rewarding my Inner Child.
Canfield states: “A big part of creating more success in your life is rewarding yourself when you succeed. In reality, rewarding yourself for your successes keeps your inner child happy and compliant the next time it must behave. It knows it can trust you to eventually deliver on your promises.”
A good mindfulness practice would be to acknowledge the presence of your Inner Child and its role in our lives.
So how about you? What role does your Inner Child play in your life? Does it distract you by wanting to play? Does it enhance your perspective? Does it work with you or against you?
“Your inner child— Thich Nhat Nanh
and you aren’t exactly two,
but you aren’t exactly one either.
You influence each other.
As adults we can practice mindfulness
and invite the inner child
to join us in the practice.”
The Mandala Lady
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I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.