tiny baby sleeping
What on earth is this title saying?
What has gentle got to do with tiny baby sleeping?
WHY would anyone want to be gentle?
WHY do we need to be gentle?
WHY is it important to be gentle?
How is being gentle going to help us?
So what do we know about gentle?
We could all agree gentle is NOT
What is all this to do with a tiny baby?
When we see a tiny baby, we can all feel how precious and delicate they are.
A tiny baby breathing very gently has a tenderness that almost stops us from being loud and noisy or any of the above list. Most of us do our best to tip toe around and not create any of our nonsense to upset them. In other words, we respect the fact that they are gentle and very sensitive to noises that are going on.
Hello – at what age did we forget that we are no longer sensitive and gentle?
When did we cross over to the world of shouting, yelling or slamming drawers and dismiss the fact that we are super sensitive, delicate and tender by our very essence?
The following is a handout taken from the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program and the title is – Be Gentle – tiny baby sleeping.
Simple guidelines to support everyday living and building a foundation.
Be Gentle in absolutely everything.
A tiny baby is sleeping right there so noise levels at a minimum always.
Start with doors
Open and close doors gently
Be aware of our hands
Feel our fingertips
Focus on what we are doing
In other words, our mind is with us whilst our body is carrying out the job
Keep practising and do a ‘take 2’ where needed.
That means if we slam the car door, we have another go and this ‘take 2’ time, we make effort to be with our body and not check out or have ugly thoughts that are literally making us bang the door shut. This applies for any door.
Practice kitchen cupboards and drawers
Then rest of our home with doors and drawers
Office filing cabinets
Once this starts to become normal – in other words we do it every day and it is just how we live now, then we move on to more…
Be Gentle with –
How we pick up our phone
Place our bag
Place our keys
Place shopping in trolley
Pay at the checkout
Load the car
Walk in the house
Put food in the fridge
Prepare our food
Wash our dishes
Load washing machine
Fold our clothes
Put our socks on
Put our shoes on
Walk out the front door
Walk to the bus stop
Walk to the car
Tap the card at the station
Sit on the train
If the old way comes back, just remember to take 2.
Repeat again and keep repeating – no big deal.
The key is always to focus, pay attention to what we are doing in that moment because we have a tiny baby around at all times.
This commitment and consistency to repeat and repeat becomes our foundation.
When our intention is to Be Gentle in every movement that we make, we then start to feel the benefits and the importance of living a life that is gentle to the best of our ability, without perfection.
Some of the benefits taken from lived experience are –
We develop a deep regard for our body
We approach everything with a gentle care
We choose to no longer neglect how we feel
We start to listen to our body
We respect our body
We respect others
We end harm to ourselves
We stop harm to others
We become more aware of everything
We appreciate even the small stuff
We understand everything matters
We value things more deeply
We feel less tired and whacked out
We increase our focus on what is needed
We know the difference when we are not gentle
We can feel if our body is holding tension
We notice when others are not gentle
We pay attention to detail
We inspire others by the way we live
We stop pounding the earth with our old ways that are not gentle
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