Baby as teacher:
Notice a babies body?
Its the most silliest shape and proportions!
Big round belly, bowed spindly legs, big beautfiul head, chubby arms and all..and yet they could care less what you thought of their bodies...
They do their thing…playing with their body without concern for why or how.
Learning to interact with their world through almost absolute seeming oblivion, like everything is just happening to them, and through them…well it is…and thats the lesson.
Freedom of expression, is about wonder, curiousity and play.
Its not all smiles, but it is all wild!
They scream In a church or supermarket, or on the street…anywhere! A plane, train, automobile!
They laugh freely everywhere…
They are the smallest, slowest bodies amongst us, and when their emotional expression disturbs us we can so easily pluck them from the 'scene' and "quarantine" them...
With adults we call the cops, take them away, and check them into a ward for phsychiatrict evaluation.
Back to the bodies shape, size and proportions…as adults we tend towards judging our parts as too fat, too skinny, too long, too short…etc. And we dont often just explore them, like a baby does. We use them. We do utility, practicality, and mobility, and if we are lucky, or just want some form of enjoyment through our bodies, we do creativity.
Ever watch children creating games with one another, or build something, or observe nature, and play in a playground…this is creativity!
And most fairly young children still freely express themselves and their emotions.
If we, as adults, merely watch them we can remember so much of what we were, and what we stopped doing as adults…in my opinion, this is the greatest gift of parenthood.
The key to growing up is not to discard the older, more original, ways of being and doing, but rather, return to or maintaining those original ways while we learn to add other forms of being and doing, but now, with the baby-child in us, included!