Earlier today this writing was sparked as I practiced doing a handstand in my backyard, probably for about twenty minutes. It was though I had the sense of freedom as a seven-year-old. As we age, some of us lose that sense of playfulness. What has been remarkable on this spiritual journey is that as we continue to work on the inside, sometimes we have to go into the past to get information that can assist us on our journey.
Can you remember the last time you were physically alone and felt free when you were young? For myself, I was seven-years-old in my driveway throwing a tennis ball against the garage. When I hit the age of six or seven I played baseball against the garage, played football in the front yard where I was a quarterback and wide receiver, played Nerf basketball all alone, having a blast and being free.
I would do this for hours, just playing and pretending I was pitching for the New York Yankees. I had no worries in the world, except maybe about getting up for school the next day, but that’s it… No concerns with career, money or relationships. Me just being me, being free, being outside with nature and just playing.
I always loved playing sports alone and also liked being part of a team… As a 45-year-old man, how can I bring that wonder of freedom back like that seven-year-old boy? These questions help me stay on my spiritual path.