Episode 89: Rockin’ It Baby-style

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“If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, “Aarggh! Screwed up again!” Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Rockin’ It Baby-style

“If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, “Aarggh! Screwed up again!” Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

I love that. Looking to babies as an example of how to learn is SO powerful.

Throw yourself back into your diapers and then imagine approaching learning how to walk or talk from your current mode of being. It’s a seriously amusing and frightening thing to imagine! And the simple fact is that most of us would PROBABLY NEVER LEARN TO WALK if we treated ourselves then the way we do now.

As we move into the domain of the unknown and pick up a new skill--whether it’s physical in sports or emotional in relationships--let’s be a little kinder with ourselves and have FUN, celebrating the tiny improvements and laughing when we fall on our diapers. :)

As Dan says: “So be gentle with yourself; show yourself the same kindness and patience you might show a young child--the child you once were. If you won’t be your own friend, who will be? If, when playing an opponent, you are also opposing yourself, you will be outnumbered... You probably would find it cruel and unnecessary to say to someone, “You are really stupid; you keep making the same mistakes; you should give up; you’ll never be any good!” Yet we think it’s okay to say the same things to ourselves.”

So, get your baby on the next time you’re bold enough to learn something new!!! :)