Do you remember childhood play? When you could be completely engrossed in the activity of the moment? No worries, no thoughts about what to cook for dinner, the email you need to send out, whether you’ve bought enough suntan lotion for vacation or taken care of the weeds on the front walk. Just play. 100% engrossed in coloring or building blocks or dressing Barbie.
It wasn’t boring and didn’t need to be productive. It felt like it was the most important thing in the world. There are benefits to harnessing the focus and attention of children. Somewhere along the line it slips away, almost without our noticing until it’s gone. To get it back, at least for a moment, can take conscious effort.
According to an article in this month’s Psychology Today, thinking like a kid can boost creative output in adults. Mindfulness experts like Thich Nhat Hahn have long prescribed engaging fully in the activity of the moment as a method of focusing the mind and finding calm and relaxation.
Give it a try and see if you find a benefit in thinking and being more like your childhood self. According Michael Robinson, one way to get back in that mindset is to do something spontaneous.
If you’ve done something that got you back in that mindset, put it in the comment section below. What spontaneous activity have you engaged in that made you feel like a kid? What pulled your entire attention and focus?