My Favourite Inner Child Meditations
Your inner child is a part of yourself that is deeply connected to your heart, your soul and your nervous system. Some even say your higher self is your inner child.
Reconnecting with your inner child is an integral part of the healing journey because most of what we are triggered by today is something that imprinted and created an impact in childhood. (Trigger: a thought that creates a feeling, or the feeling that triggered thoughts either way something that switches on fight or flight mode and activates your nervous system.)
Did you know that for the first 8 or so years of your life you're filtering every single experience through the lens of emotions?
Your logic center in your brain only starts to develop after 8 years old and doesn't finish until 25years. This is why it's so important to realize that all children are empathic beings, highly sensitive to their surroundings because everything is filtered through feelings...
For example, a 5-year-old child is angry that their Dad has to go to work on Saturday after they had plans to go to the park together. Instead of telling dad, she is angry, she acts out and hits her little brother. Then, Dad punishes her for hitting her brother and sends her to her room. When she is in her room she doesn't have anyone to help her understand her emotions (no logic) so she implants the belief "When I get scared and feel angry, I will be abandoned. That means my anger is bad which means I am bad." This in turn triggered pleasing tendencies in hopes of never getting abandoned again. (This can be shifted IF a parent comes into the room and calmly asks questions and invites the child to express their feelings and help them understand that their emotions are bad but the behaviour they exhibited was...this closes the loop and eliminates any trauma.)
Now, let's be honest, sometimes when you start to do inner child work it can feel like e"get mad at how terrible my parents were and blame them for my problems..." kinda work. Let me clarify- it is NOT that. Your parents likely did the best of their capacity AND I am not excusing abusive behaviour but intentionally empowering and re-parenting that inner child within. Humans raising humans, no one is perfect and each child perceives experiences in their own unique way!
With this baseline knowledge, here are. a few of my favourite inner child meditations....stay tuned for updates as I plan to record some inner child meditations for you and share them here or on social media.
This first one is hypnosis, not a meditation. If you fall asleep this is ok. It's longer and gets into your subconscious. The rest are guided mediations that require some visualization.
It is important that after you do a meditation you support your inner child. Ask your body and heart what they would like to do- and DO IT. Post mediation is a great time to do an activity that connects you to this part of yourself.
If you notice lots of emotions come up and want some one-on-one support the help you reconnect to yourself, feel free to message me on how we can work together. You are so worth it.