Intuition and My 5 Year Old
Lately, I have been trying (yes, trying very hard, because this is a tough one for a 5 year old) to teach my son about making the right choices. Using his intuition to decided whether a choice is right or wrong. Trying to explain to a 5 year old something that cannot be seen is very difficult. And I can't seem to find a diagram to illustrate intuition for him.
This morning, I was catching up on my 366 Days of Flow (this awesome little pack of cards that has an inspirational quote or tidbit to motivate or inspire). This is what April 20th said:
Fear or intuition?
How do you know if it's your intuition talking or your fear? Fear gives you the feeling that it's now or never, like you should act immediately. It gives you a rush feeling or an uncertain one. If it's intuition, you're never in a hurry. The feeling that goes with that is always one of calm assuredness or space. - Ellen de Lange-Ros
Now, I know this quote doesn't teach my son how to LISTEN to his intuition, but it gives him, and myself (and anyone else who cares to learn more about their inner friend) a way to identify it. Fear is a tough emotion and difficult to process sometimes because it's so strong. Same with anger. (**On a side note: We try to tell our babes to "make better choices" - it sounds nicer than "you're making the WRONG CHOICES").
Eleanor Roosevelt said it best when she said,
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."
This is my ultimate goal for my children. I want them to believe that when they make the right choices, the ones they know are purely and simply good choices, they are making a difference. Not only in themselves, but in every person they encounter. Simply put, I want them to be compassionate and trust that their intuition will take them there.