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Embracing Your Inner Child: A Journey into Soulful Living

By Michal Spiegelman

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

What must be felt, sensed, and fed in order to live a full life? Your soul.

The soul is invisible to the eye. Although we may not be able to see it physically, our souls play a crucial role in shaping who we are as human beings.

Children are naturally soulful and filled with curiosity. As they grow up, that awe for life often gets buried under the routines and responsibilities of adulthood. One of the ways to feed our soul and journey back into soulful living is to remember that inherent sense of wonder we had as children.

The simple question that will let your soul speak.

As children, we are filled with wonder, imagination, magic, curiosity, and even connection with things that are bigger than us. Things like the soul, which aren’t seen, but mainly felt.

Like many of us, I grew up relying mostly on my mental intelligence. My major life decisions have taught me the importance of developing my emotional, intuitive, and somatic intelligences in addition to my mental intelligence. This way, I could tap into the four types of intelligences to make a wise, more integrated decision. You can read more about How to make a wise life decision (and get unstuck) in my previous blog.

In my work, I help others connect with not only what they can see (like their gifts) but also with what they cannot see (their soul). Helping women broaden their spectrum of intelligence through heart, body, and intuition, not just their minds, has given me many opportunities to ask the same question.

Every time it is an eye-opener and every time, it shines a light into their soul.

“What filled you up when you were ten?”

Answering this simple question (without overthinking) can open the door to forgotten parts within you that are craving to be seen.

When I ask myself this question, the first thing that comes to mind is my piano.

The old piano that nourished my soul.

I took piano lessons for 11 years, eventually becoming a music teacher myself. I played in many concerts, but my favorite way to play the piano was by myself. Without anyone listening or placing expectations, I could lose myself in the music and express myself through sound in a way that felt natural. The magic of moving my fingers across the keys made me feel free. Free to vent my emotions, whatever they were; sadness, anger, confusion, fear, through music. Playing the piano became an outlet for my inner world.

When I was 15, my parents found a piano for $250 at a garage sale while we were living in the US. That old piano became my buddy, soaking up my tears and giving me comfort in a way adults weren’t able to. It remained my companion when we moved back to Israel. When my husband and I decided to live in Germany and then the US, it traveled across the world with us. Sadly, we had to leave the piano behind when we moved to New York because it wouldn’t fit in our apartment.

Seven years later, when we returned to Atlanta, I plucked up the courage to ask the people who bought our house if they would sell me back my old piano. They said they would happily give it to me! Unfortunately, it was neglected and out of tune, and I knew I couldn’t take it back. It was a sad moment, but it made me realize that letting go of an object doesn’t mean letting go of your passions and what feeds your soul. Someday I’ll gift myself a new piano that will fill me up and soothe me just as much as my old $250 ivory keys did.

If a hobby, experience, or interest from childhood filled you up, consider gifting your soul with that again. Even if this means reimagining the activity to fit your current reality, the result can be just as fulfilling and nourishing. When you gift your soul what it craves, you get closer to re-experiencing the sense of wonder you had as a child.

“Playfulness is the language of wonder. It is a way to explore, discover, and create with joy and curiosity.” ― Jeffrey Davis, Tracking Wonder

When we live in a soulless way, without taking time to appreciate the wonders of the world around us, we can feel empty inside. We may chase material possessions or external validation to fill the void. Wonder helps us connect with something greater than ourselves, whether it be the natural world, a higher power, or simply our own creative potential.

One of my mentors, Jeffrey Davis (who played a pivotal role in rebranding Beacons of Change) authored a book titled Tracking Wonder: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity. Davis believes that a playful attitude can help us stay creative and innovative, allowing us to think outside the box and come up with new ideas.

Wonder as an essential part of life can be easily forgotten in our fast-paced world. In his book, Davis encourages us to reclaim our childlike sense of wonder and explore the world with joy and curiosity. In his view, playfulness is the language of wonder and it’s a great way to discover and create.

When we neglect wonder, we risk feeling empty and disconnected from the world around us. When we embrace wonder and engage in activities that fill up our souls, we can find greater meaning and purpose in our lives. By tapping into our natural sense of wonder, we can open ourselves up to new possibilities and experiences.

In a recent interview, Davis said: “Awe arrives in the size of the Grand Canyon. Wonder arrives in the size of beetles, snails, and baby toe nails.” 

I love his differentiation between “awe” and “wonder” because it aligns with my approach to soulfulness. Bringing soulfulness to life doesn’t always mean going on a meditation retreat to stare at an ocean sunset (though that does sound heavenly). Soulfulness as I understand it is something you bring into your everyday life.

What can we learn from children about soulfulness in everyday life?

When he was four and five, our son had a rich imaginary life that was inspiring to witness. He had an imaginary horse named Noah who he rode all over our house. He dressed in different costumes, built houses and tents from cupboards and blankets, and invited us to tea parties in different parts of the world with his globe. These adventures took place in our apartment every day in different ways.

Children are the perfect example of living a soulful life. They have an innate curiosity about the world and a sense of wonder that helps them connect with their higher selves.

Here are a few examples of how kids effortlessly embrace soulfulness:

  1. They have a deep connection with nature.
    Children naturally gravitate towards the outdoors and exploring the wonders of the natural world. Whether it’s running in the grass, climbing trees, or observing animals, children have a natural sense of awe and appreciation for the beauty of the earth. This connection to nature is a perfect example of living soulfully and connecting with the planet.
  2. They ask deeper questions.
    Curious minds ask questions about everything around them. Children are unafraid to ask deeper questions about life, existence, and spirituality that many adults shy away from. They are naturally inquisitive, introspective, and contemplative, which are all traits that align with living a soulful life.
  3. They live in the present moment.
    Children live in the present with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and excitement. There’s no worry about the past or the future, just a joyful appreciation for the now. This ability to be in the moment means they connect deeply with themselves, others, and the world around them.
  4. They are open-hearted.
    With pure hearts and unfiltered emotions, children tend to feel their feelings freely and in a healthy way. They love expressing their joy, kindness, and connection with others, and they are always ready to welcome new people with open arms.

I know that these generalizations I make about children may not apply to those who grew up in environments of trauma and neglect. In this case, a child’s natural sense of wonder often had to be buried so they felt safe. If you were one of those children, please accept my love and compassion and know that it is safe for you to start embracing your inner child now as an adult.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

I hope this blog has given you some insight into how embracing your inner child and soulful living go hand-in-hand. I am of the belief that much of adulthood is spent unlearning the behaviors we had to adopt to survive, and re-learning how to connect with our childlike wonder. Some of the most powerful things in life are invisible to the eye but can be felt with the heart. The connection you had with your soul as a child is one of those things.

If you’re ready to do the deeper work of reconnecting with your soul and aligning with your purpose (hint: it’s often related to what you loved to do as a child), consider taking A Journey into The Soul with me.

Meet Michal
Michal Spiegelman

Michal Spiegelman is Medical Intuitive who helps women get to the root source behind disease, disharmony, imbalance, stress, and trauma-related conditions.

Having studied in Israel, Germany, England, and the U.S., Michal is a Certified Professional Coach, a Reiki Master, and a former social worker who brings years of experience working with a variety of modalities into her intuitive teachings, coaching and mentoring.

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